WAY before the 10 am start time of Best Dressed Fun in the Son on Saturday, July 14, young men gathered at the specially created mount for the Reggae Jammin Extreme Sports Zone at the National Heroes Park.
It was at that spot that Christian stuntmen, who flew in from the United States for the event, put on a breathtaking show, raising themselves on motorbikes, bicycles and skateboards many feet into the air, to the awe and amazement of the onlookers.
The stuntmen have put on this spectacular show in the past at Best Dressed Fun in the Son, but this year they were on display to the biggest crowd, at the largest venue in the 10 years that the free-to-the-public Gospel Festival and Grand Concert has been held, sponsored by the Jamaica Broilers Group, through its Best Dressed Chicken brand.
In keeping with the mission of the Best Dressed Fun in the Son, the stuntmen ministered the Word to the spectators in their unique way - a mission that is part of their show presented around the world. Some of the Christian stuntmen are also part of the Luis Palau Ministry, which is the Ministry partner for Best Dressed Fun in the Son.
Children were also entertained for the day with an exciting programme in the Kiddies' Village, supervised by the Jamaica Child Evangelism Fellowship. The activities included puppetry, storytelling, hand and face painting and a children's stage show, all of which carried the message of transformation through the Word.
Hundreds toured the Monument Park as part of the Best Dressed Fun in the Son Heritage Tours. Actors from the Jamaica Association of Dramatic Arts (JADA) - dressed to depict the era of the National Heroes - were well received and the cultural show with Winston "Bello" Bell and veteran actress Leonie Forbes was a treat. So too were the Best Dressed Chicken mascot, Mr. Chicken and the Reggae Jammin mascot, Chef RJ — both of whom received lots of hugs from the children on the Heritage Tours.
Colonel Richard Sadler, festival director of the Best Dressed Fun in the Son 2012, said the crowd was the biggest over the decade of the event and he was pleased that the Gospel Festival was the first free public event of such magnitude held to celebrate Jamaica's 50th Anniversary of independence.