KC May Fair back with a bang

Friday, May 25, 2012

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KINGSTON College will host the return of its May Fair at the school's North Street campus tomorrow.

The May Fair is back after an absence of over two decades and will be filled with new initiatives, the organisers have said.

"It serves several purposes, among them to reunite the KC family, to rekindle history based on the glory days and most importantly it serves as s fund raising tool as we strive to raise funds to purchase a new school bus," said Wayne Robertson, president of KC affiliate group, the Fortis Pavilion, which among other fraternity organisations is putting on the event.

"The fair will also be a reunion in some respects and we expect all members of the KC fraternity and well wishers to come out and support the venture. We expect the old boys to come out in their numbers, and to take with them all those who are desirous of supporting this well needed event," Robertson said.

Titled 'May Fair, the Rebirth', the all-day event which is slated to begin at 9 am, will include items of entertainment such as a games room, water slide, mechanical bull, horror house, disco rooms, and bounce-abouts.

There will also be a fashion show, with models drawn from participants in the Miss Teen Jamaica and Miss UnIverse pageants.

Companies will also have booths at which their products will be displayed.

On the music side, among the acts scheduled to participate are Tifa, Masicka, Too Qute, Chosen, To-Isis, Magnum King & Queen contestants, Priceless Dancers, as well as Rising Star winner Dalton Harris, a 10th grade student at the institution, who transferred from Edwin Allen High School at the end of last school year.

Organisers have said that admission fees will be $500 pre-sold for students and $1,000 for adults. Tickets purchased at the entrance on the day will go for $800 (children) and $1,200 (adults).

Gate prize is a weekend for a family of four at Franklyn D Resort in St Ann, operated by KC old boy Frank Rance.

There will be music throughout the day, with ace deejays Marlon Young, Andre Young, Roderick Howell, Vinchi, DJ Jami and DJ Vice doing the honours. MCs will be Rohan Gunter and Amita.

The May Fair is sponsored by, among other companies, LIME and KIA Motors. It was a stellar event on the school's calendar up to 1989, but organisers took a break to reorganise the once successful event, which took longer than expected to return.

"Now we are back and better," Robertson said. "The May Fair is going to be big and based upon reports that we have had from several persons, we expect a huge turnout in true KC style," he stated.

The school is preparing its teams for several upcoming activities this year, including a tough schoolboy football season, hockey, tennis, among others.

Preparation is also advanced for teams involved with the athletics programme, table tennis, schools' challenge, and cricket.

Robertson is hoping that the May Fair will be successful this year, so that attention can be placed on other areas of the schools development when other fairs are held in subsequent years.

"I am hoping that the success will continue into years to come and at the end of it, Kingston College will be better off. As old boys we love our school, so we will go the extra mile and put in additional energy for the institution to achieve success.

KC, founded on April 16, 1925, is home to 1,900 boys and is regarded as one of the foremost institutions of learning in the English speaking Caribbean.

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