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- By Laura Thomas

A Golden Jubilee for Easter

Everyone's favorite springtime Virgin Gorda tradition is back and better than ever for 2017. That's right, the big weekend for VG Easter Festival is right around the corner on April 15th–17th.

As they are celebrating 50 years, the theme this year is "Showcasing the pioneers of Easter Festivity for Virgin Gorda's Golden Jubilee." The festival committee is paying tribute to the founders of the event: Mr. Andy Flax, Mr. Rupert Ephraim, Mrs. Rose Gardener, Ms. Bernice Sprauve, the late Mrs. Ivy O'Neal and Mr. Robinson O'Neal. This year's village, the "Bernice Sprauve Festiville," is also named for one of the founders.

If you've been paying attention, you already know the festivities have been going on for a while with shows like Miss Bold & Beautiful and Mr. GQ. The pageantry continues next week with the Prince & Princess Show, which will see four youngsters competing on Sunday, 9th at 7:30pm.

Then, the big weekend kicks off on the morning of April 15th with the annual Wahoo Madness Fisherman's Jamboree. Later in the day, taste the Caribbean at the food fair, and continue the lime into the evening at the village with entertainment by Virgin Gorda's own Sista Joyce, VIBE out of Tortola, Jamaica's Jah Cure, and St. Thomas natives R. City.

On April 16th is the Lion's Club Easter Egg Hunt at the Walters Recreational Park from 2–5pm. One of the most anticipated events the Wet Fete at St. Thomas Bay (Jetty) is also on that day. Showtime Band of Tortola, and Trinidad's Queen of Bacchanal Destra are among the village entertainers after the highly anticipated calypso show. Speaking of Calypso, this year's contest has eight contenders: Falco, Michel Harrigan, Chico B, King Henry, King Paido, Sistah Joyce, Ranking Ijah and Queen Akua.

The closing, which is on Monday, 17th begins with the Rise and shine j'ouvert at 4am, followed by the Grand Easter Parade beginning at noon. Village entertainment after the parade includes OMG Band, Asa Banton, and It's a Secret Band featuring Shereen and Claudette Peters.

For persons traveling from Tortola to support the Easter Festival, please contact Speedy's office for their schedule.