Paul: No bashment please!

Organizers of Agrofest issue warnings to participants

With just over a week to go before the annual Agrofest showcase takes place, organizers are sending a stern warning to patrons and exhibitors who may want to disobey the rules.

And while Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS) James Paul stopped short of saying what action was likely to be taken against perpetrators, he told journalists that certain types of behaviour would not be tolerated.

He was speaking on the sidelines of a special meeting between organizers and sponsors of the event at the Queen’s Park this morning.

At that meeting Inspector Peter Gibson of the Royal Barbados Police Force warned the handful of sponsors gathered that they should be more careful how they displayed their posters.

He said some company representatives were guilty of removing other people’s posters to display theirs instead.

“So speak to your agents about that. That is the only concern I have with people taking down posters because they might amount to some sort of criminal damage because it is personal property [and] costs money. You pull it down, you damage it and that is an offence,” warned Gibson.

The police officer also warned them to comply with the traffic rules going in and out of the park for the three-day event, which will be held at the Queen’s Park location from February 27 to March 1.

Meanwhile, Paul told journalists that he would not be tolerating any disorderly behaviour from children and other patrons, while pointing out that smoking was not permitted at the venue.

CEO of the Barbados Agricultural Society James Paul
CEO of the Barbados Agricultural Society James Paul

“We do not tolerate certain things at Agrofest. We do not tolerate people coming inside here smoking,” said Paul.

“We would also like people to be appropriately dressed even when they come to Agrofest. I think this is important . . . I don’t think it is too much to ask of people to at least conduct themselves in a proper manner at this event because of the fact that we are trying to preserve and maintain a certain standard and a certain image of Barbados. So that is why we are insisting on these things,” said Paul.

He also noted that on the first day, which is open exclusively to school children, organizers would “try to ensure it is an educational trip for those children and in respect to the bashment type of behaviour we are going to try to minimize and avoid that as much as possible”.

In relation to security, Paul gave the assurance that there would be adequate security, but he urged sponsors and exhibitors to be aware of their surroundings at all times and help to “make sure they do what is necessary to ensure that patrons are safe”.

He said one of the main issues over the years was low voltage in some sections of the park, but that would be rectified this year.

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