Record crowd for final CB elimination
The CB Pan Chicken Western Regional Elimination was held at Dump-Up Beach, Montego Bay, recently. The final elimination event for the 2014 season attracted the largest crowd, pulled in by a heavyweight entertainment line-up as well as the vendors.
"We had a record-breaking western regional elimination. At 5:40 p.m. the 8,500 arm bands we printed to help us gauge how many patrons attend were finished and the venue could accommodate another 4,000 persons. By 7:20 p.m. the venue was at capacity and persons were denied entry and forced to watch the last of the show from outside the perimeter fence erected," Alicia Bogues, CB Chicken and Bad Dawg Sausages brand manager, said.
Opening the gates at midday, as they did for the Portmore event, the organisers treated attendees to numerous giveaways, free rides all day, and a live show featuring Minister Goddy Goddy, who gave a powerful performance. Recording artistes Agent Sasco and Cham later rallied the crowd with their hits.
The real showdown of the day, however, were the 26 pan chicken men and women battling for the last 10 spots at the November 23 grand final. Advancing from the west (named in the winner and runner-up positions) are Natasha Malcolm and Pauline Johnson (St James); Donald Smith and Sitrena Gilling (Hanover); Mervin Morgan and Donald Williams (Trelawny); Charlett Dillon and Clarence Watson (St Ann); and André Morgan and Natasha White (Westmoreland).
Morgan and White were also named first and third-place winners of the Grace Tomato Ketchup 'Grace Ketch di Taste' sauce competition, respectively, with Trelawny's Jacqueline Moodie in second place.
Each parish winner walked away with $40,000 and the runners-up carried home $20,000 cash.