CC Lobsterfest 2004 - a success!

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 14, No. 23            July 8, 2004

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There was lobster-a-plenty at the CC Lobsterfest 2004

The Caye Caulker Lobster Festival got off to a grand start last Friday evening, as lovely Chantal Marin was crowned Miss Lobsterfest 2004. Sixteen-year-old Chantal, a recent graduate of St. Catherine's Academy, wowed the judges as she displayed confidence and talent during the pageant.

    On Saturday morning, CC Village Council Chairman Alberto Villanueva Jr. kicked off the official opening day ceremonies, welcoming everyone to "La Isla CariŅosa." He stressed the value of lobsters and their role in making Caye Caulker the island it is today.

    Mr. Villanueva then introduced San Pedro Town Mayor Elsa Paz as the guest speaker. Mayor Paz highlighted the importance of preserving the lobster industry so that these traditions continue. She mentioned how the lobster industry has boosted the economic development of Caye Caulker Village. Area Representative Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., then addressed the crowd and pronounced Lobsterfest 2004 officially "open for fun."

    For the remainder of the weekend, the island was filled to capacity with partygoers. Lively music provided by Miss Leila Vernon and the Youth Connection Band also filled the air and had everyone dancing to their beats. The Youth Canoe Race was one highlight of the festivities. Andy Gallego and Amil Chi proudly took first place, receiving a $40 cash prize and two Lobsterfest T-shirts. Several other races, contests, educational lobster displays, arts and crafts booths, as well as lobster treats and all types of ethnic dishes kept everyone else entertained.

    In an interview with CC Village Chairman Alberto Villanueva Jr., he told The San Pedro Sun that this year's festival was the most successful Lobsterfest in recent years. "I applaud the committee for their efforts - it was indeed a job well done!" he ended.

    Overall, it was fun, frolic and lobster-a-plenty last weekend at the CC Lobsterfest - an annual event that is always entertaining, in "La Isla CariŅosa".
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