The harsh economic times which is currently hammering this country and the world, may have forced the annual 4-H organized kite flying competition to come crashing down in 2017.
Over the years, Easter Sunday has been the day of much spectacle with the flying of a wide variety of kites by persons of different ages, at the Dover School grounds.
But the competition seems to be in jeopardy this year, due to the limited amount of funds available to stage the event.
Head of the 4-H Unit with the Agriculture department at the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Niekisha Alexander, says that they may have to replace the competition with a display.
However, up to last Friday she was still holding out hope that a Good Samaritan would step forward to save this much look forward to annual event.
Alexander says that the teachers involved in the 4-H program have been extremely busy, preparing for the island’s hosting of the national 4-H convention at the end of the month.
She pointed out that whether a competition or not, they would be staging a kite event on Sunday at the grounds.
The monies raised from Sunday’s exercise Alexander says, would be use to have the 4-H-ers travel to mainland Grenada in May to attend achievement day.
She pointed out that the competition has brought broad smiles to the faces of both the young and old, as the various winners walked away with cash prizes.
“We give cash, so that winners of the various categories can purchase what they want and also some even spend the monies right at the event there”, said Alexander.
While she is still hopeful of a competition, Alexander is appealing to those who are planning to attend the Easter Sunday event to please maintain the high standard of creativity in the making of their kites.
“This event has brought out such unique kite creativity in young, middle-aged and seniors, which you never thought existed”, ended Alexander who reiterated her appeal for assistance for the competition.