Jamaica Gleaner / It was a problematic start to the proposed ‘bigger and better Denbigh 64’ as preparations continued yesterday morning long after the gates were opened to patrons.
Just before midday yesterday morning, most of the pavilions were just setting up for the first day of the three-day Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show while some pavilions remained closed as they were far from ready to receive visitors.
Custos of Clarendon William ‘Billy’ Shagoury expressed dissatisfaction at the problems affecting the show.
“Every year they come to Denbigh it’s the same thing. Maybe they need to upgrade the current supply of electricity because it is woefully inadequate,” said Shagoury, whose standby generator was used to power the Clarendon Pavilion for most of the day.
The team from Sher-Lins, which operates the canteen at the Clarendon pavilion, had an early setback because of the lengthy disturbance in electricity supply.
“It set us back big time in that we had to discard some of our meals. We were also a bit late in our preparations to cater to the workers,” said Linton Campbell from Sher-Lins.
One first-time exhibitor, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said it wasn’t the best start to the show.
“This is my first year and electricity went about five to seven times through the night. We were not able to complete set up until this morning,” said the exhibitor.
Erica Daley, parish manager for the Portland Pavilion, also claimed that problems with the electricity happen almost every year at the agricultural show.
“We could not set up our display and it’s not the first year. It delayed, even the food preparation and significantly affected vendors’ sales,” said Daley.
“Even the breakfast preparation for workers was delayed, and you could not even get a cup of coffee to begin the day,” added Daley.
But president of the Jamaica Agricultural Society, Senator Norman Grant, rejected the claim that the electricity problem is a yearly occurrence.
According to Grant, the power issues yesterday were triggered by a vendor who threw up an illegal connection on one of the high-tension wires.
“We have kinks but we are going to be ironing them out and ensure that by Monday everything is smooth.”