Joseph Tate wins 43rd Annual Conch Cracking Contest in McLean’s Town

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JUDGING THE COMPETITION – Hundreds gathered around the table as the Conch Cracking Competition took place during the 43rd annual festival in McLean’s Town on Monday. Shown are Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition and Member of Parliament for East Grand Bahama, Peter Turnquest; Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Tourism, Harrison Thompson; and former Member of Parliament for High Rock Constituency, Kenneth Russell, the three judges for the event. (BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn)
JUDGING THE COMPETITION – Hundreds gathered around the table as the Conch Cracking Competition took place during the 43rd annual festival in McLean’s Town on Monday. Shown are Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition and Member of Parliament for East Grand Bahama, Peter Turnquest; Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Tourism, Harrison Thompson; and former Member of Parliament for High Rock Constituency, Kenneth Russell, the three judges for the event. (BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn)

MCLEAN’S TOWN, Grand Bahama – Residents and visitors alike flocked to the eastern end of the island on National Hero’s Day, Monday, October 12, for the 43rd annual Conch Cracking Competition in McLean’s Town. While there, guests were treated to cultural traditions, games and musical entertainment.

Among those enjoying their holiday at the festival were Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville; Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition and Member of Parliament for East Grand Bahama, Peter Turnquest; Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Tourism, Harrison Thompson; and former Member of Parliament for High Rock Constituency, Kenneth Russell.

Committee members and Ministry of Tourism officials did well to get the visitors involved in the activities, and then the highlight of the day was featured – the conch cracking competition. Judges Mr. Turnquest, Mr. Thompson and Mr. Russell watched attentively as the competitors worked skillfully to remove the conch from the shell. Coming out on top was Joseph Tate; Robert Tate Jr. placed second; and last year’s winner, Cardinal McIntosh, placed third.

VISITORS GET A TURN – Residents of Grand Bahama were not the only ones taking part in the 43rd annual Conch Cracking Competition. Shown are some of the visitors who did their best to remove the conch from the shells during the event on Monday in McLean’s Town. (BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn)
VISITORS GET A TURN – Residents of Grand Bahama were not the only ones taking part in the 43rd annual Conch Cracking Competition. Shown are some of the visitors who did their best to remove the conch from the shells during the event on Monday in McLean’s Town. (BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn)

 

CONGRATULATIONS – Following a highly competitive conch cracking competition on Monday in McLean’s Town at the 43rd annual Conch Cracking Competition, Cardinal McIntosh (plaid shirt) is seen congratulating the winner, Joseph Tate. McIntosh, who placed third, was the winner in last year’s competition. (BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn)
CONGRATULATIONS – Following a highly competitive conch cracking competition on Monday in McLean’s Town at the 43rd annual Conch Cracking Competition, Cardinal McIntosh (plaid shirt) is seen congratulating the winner, Joseph Tate. McIntosh, who placed third, was the winner in last year’s competition. (BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn)

 

WINNER DECLARED – Joseph Tate is seen being declared the winner of the 43rd annual Conch Cracking Competition on Monday in McLean’s Town. (BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn)
WINNER DECLARED – Joseph Tate is seen being declared the winner of the 43rd annual Conch Cracking Competition on Monday in McLean’s Town. (BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn)

 

TROPHY PRESENTATION – With the 43rd annual Conch Cracking Competition concluded, the trophy presentation took place in McLean’s Town on Monday. Shown from left are: Zestina Nixon, Ministry of Tourism; Kenneth Russell, former MP for High Rock, and one of the judges; Buzz Cox, Deep Water Cay; Peter Turnquest, Deputy Leader of the FNM and MP for East Grand Bahama, and another judge for the competition; Joseph Tate, 1st place winner; Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville; Robert Tate, 2nd place winner; Cardinal McIntosh, 3rd place winner; Harrison Thompson, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Tourism, and the third judge; Elaine Smith, Ministry of Tourism; and Clement Knowles, Burns House. (BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn)
TROPHY PRESENTATION – With the 43rd annual Conch Cracking Competition concluded, the trophy presentation took place in McLean’s Town on Monday. Shown from left are: Zestina Nixon, Ministry of Tourism; Kenneth Russell, former MP for High Rock, and one of the judges; Buzz Cox, Deep Water Cay; Peter Turnquest, Deputy Leader of the FNM and MP for East Grand Bahama, and another judge for the competition; Joseph Tate, 1st place winner; Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville; Robert Tate, 2nd place winner; Cardinal McIntosh, 3rd place winner; Harrison Thompson, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Tourism, and the third judge; Elaine Smith, Ministry of Tourism; and Clement Knowles, Burns House. (BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn)

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