Fus-a-Augus' in Maidstone
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — It was a moderate turnout at this year's staging of the annual Fus-a-Augus Fair in Maidstone, North West Manchester.
Also, some of the usual activities were absent and some patrons were not entirely pleased.
Zulekha Watson said that when she was younger there were more "cultural" activities involved, including traditional dances such as maypole.
"There used to be more activities for the children, more stalls...," said Petrina Le-Roy a resident of the neighbouring community of Endeavour.
Joan Collie, who is from Maidstone but now resides in New Jersey, also felt that the event "could have been a lot better".
However, young patrons in particular took advantage of what was available including donkey rides, impromptu dance competitions, bounce-about and the blown-up rock climber on the playground at the Nazareth All- age School.
Servings of mannish water, roasted sweet potato, coconut drops, jerk pork and chicken were among the food items from which guests had to choose.
President of the Maidstone Community Development Committee Milton McNally said the less than favourable economic climate among other factors negatively impacted the event this year.
"It will be bigger next year," he promised.
The community of Maidstone was among the first to be established as a free village when slavery ended in Jamaica in 1838. It is set to be developed as a heritage-based tourist destination.