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Family fun at fair

ilarocourtgroundsIt’s here again! The James Street-Speightstown Circuit of the Methodist Church presents an extravaganza titled, An afternoon at Ilaro Court, tomorrow Saturday, on the exquisite grounds of the official residence of the Prime Minister in Two Mile Hill, St. Michael.

The event begins at 1 p.m. and runs until 6 p.m.

This delightful afternoon of family fun and entertainment will feature a†number of exciting booths, with an array of items on sale. The centerpiece of this event will be a pavilion showcasing the Culinary Delights of the Caribbean and beyond. Patrons will be treated to mouth-watering delicacies from Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Grenada, Mexico, Africa, and China.

In addition, patrons will enjoy the bargains provided in the Farmers’ Market, the Books, Plants and Fruit and Variety booths. The Tea Garden will provide a relaxing environment as patrons sample the array of cakes and local pastries on sale.

Admission for children 15 years and under is free and the ever popular Children’s Zone will feature an unbeatable selection of rides and fun activities. Available will be the much loved jumping tent, a petting zoo, bumper cars, slot car racing, Segway rides, pony rides, and face painting, just to mention a few of the attractions for the young and young at heart. The children’s palates will also be titillated with the hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream, pop corn and available drinks, including local juices.

Patrons of An Afternoon at Ilaro will experience a diverse range of entertainment.

Performances from the Harmonites Steel Orchestra, Amanda Fields and the Haynesville Community Group, among numerous others, will ensure that patrons have the time of their lives. The keenly anticipated participatory line dancing will add a special touch to the entertainment package.†

Tickets for this not-to-be-missed event may be purchased from any member of the James Street/Speightstown Circuit or by contacting the James Street-Speightstown Circuit Office, James Street, Bridgetown at 436 6860, email

As is usual, part of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Children’s Development Centre, the Sterling Children’s Home and the Special Olympics of Barbados. All remaining proceeds will be used to support the Church’s outreach activities within the community.

The James Street/Speightstown Circuit has for over 50 years been presenting an annual event which was dubbed “The Church Fair” and enjoyed great success in the early days at its Hastings Rocks, Christ Church location. During the redevelopment of that area the event was moved to Harrison College, where it was held for approximately three years and from 2010 the venue became the beautiful grounds of Ilaro Court. In 2011 the event was rebranded An afternoon at Ilaro Court and has steadily been returning to the “must attend” event for all, for which it was famous in the earlier days.

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