Home and garden festival judging begins

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Judging has begun for the fourth annual Homes, Families and Gardens Festival competition organised by the Community Development Division in the Ministry of Social Transformation.

For the flower and vegetable garden competition this year, over 80 entries were submitted.

To view all the gardens, a four-member team of judges began working on Tuesday in the south and west zones. On Wednesday, they will move to the north zone, which includes Cassada Gardens, Mount Pleasant, Paynters Estate and Cedar Valley.

Meanwhile, there have been over 50 entries for the poetry and research programmes of the competition, being judged in three categories – the 7-12 age group, 13-18 and 19-35.

Participants had to compose a poem on the theme “Think beautification for the nation’s health and wealth.” The research focused on the history of a community or notable persons.

Christ the King High School submitted the most pieces this year. Winners of the competitions will be announced on December 15.

On December 17, the Homes, Families and Gardens Community Festival will take place at the Pigotts Playing Field as the culminating event. The family-oriented day with an ‘old fashioned’ theme will feature entertainment, games and local foods on sale.