JIS News

Plans are in high gear for the staging of the annual Maidstone Emancipation Fair on the grounds of the Nazareth All-age School in Manchester on Wednesday, August 1.
The activity is being organised by the Maidstone Community Council, with strong support from the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC).
Speaking with JIS News, Council member, Garth Smith noted that activities would begin on Sunday, July 29 with a special service at the Nazareth Moravian Church.
“This is very much a part of our normal build up to the actual fair, which will begin from early Emancipation morning, and during the course of the day we will have a series of cultural performances from different local groups as well as some from other communities. Also, as is the custom, there will be a mix of things for the entire family,” he said.
Mr. Smith explained that over the years the proceeds from the event have served to support a number of worthwhile community endeavours.
“To date the Council has helped the school to finish a computer lab. We also did some additional work on the school’s water tank as well as fix up the hard court and put in a better parking facility. This year our focus will be on trying to set up a museum in which to store some of the many artefacts in our possession,” he said.
Mr. Smith pointed out that there would be many traditional Jamaican dishes to be sampled by patrons.
“From the village was established in the 1840s, corn has always been one of the main staples and so we intend to have dishes such as corn pone, cornmeal dumpling, cornmeal pudding, mackerel run down, manish water, and various forms of jerk,” he said.

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