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Funfest a hit with adults, children

Published:Wednesday | December 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle
Kevin Downswell
This clown was having fun while painting Jaquan Campbell's face at Funfest recently.
Jonkonnu dancing at Funfest at Hope Gardens on Sunday

It was all about clean, wholesome family entertainment, as scores of patrons converged on the lawns of Hope Gardens for another staging of Funfest on Sunday.

The Christmas edition of the annual event got under way at 10 a.m., and patrons were out in their numbers early.

There were rides and other attractions aplenty inside the venue, and with each costing $200 or $300, many parents opted to purchase the ride-all-day bands, as they were a good bargain. The special passes were $1,500 apiece. With attractions such as bounceabouts, Ferris Wheel, Eliminator, rock climbing and a mechanical bull erected at the venue, the children were kept busy all day. Accustomed to all the offerings of Funfest, many children came equipped with their swimwear, as there was even a Water World set up inside the venue.

Though the children were undoubtedly having fun, the adults were also catered for. The bingo session was perhaps the biggest hit. Scores of adults converged under trees in a section of the park, their bingo cards and markers in hand, hoping to win some prizes. Popular caller Cassanova led the proceedings and managed to keep the crowd entertained as he called out the numbers.

Other adults just wanted to soak up the fresh air and did so from huge blankets spread across the lawns. When patrons worked up an appetite from participating in all the activities inside the venue, the food village provided the perfect place for refuelling. Patties, jerk chicken, popcorn, snow cones and ice cream were just a few of the items on sale by the village which was kept busy throughout the day.

As is customary at Funfest events, there was a stage show to close out the day's activities. The children led the charge here again, as young performers Simona Suare, Xylophone, Kash, Zion from Judgement Yaad, Kash and Wayne J provided entertainment. Each performer thrilled the audience with their set - some left many astonished at their abilities, others left the audience wanting more.

Gospel artiste Kevin Downswell also put in a performance on the night and was well received by the crowd.