Chan Pine Ridge Fair revived Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 March 2016 00:00

This weekend the village of Chan Pine Ridge in the Orange Walk District was the venue for the Chan Pine Ridge Agri-Cultural and Trade Fair. This fair was started by Mr. Valerio Torres back in 1966 in his farm named Amelia’s Farm. The main events held back then was trading of livestock and agricultural produce as well as horse-racing. It was subsequently moved to the larger Chan Pine Ridge community grounds as it grew over the years. It had stopped for a period of four years and the started again and had been losing its steam which resulted in another pause in 2015.

The Area representative for Orange Walk East, Honorable Elodio Aragon Jr., in whose area Chan Pine Ridge falls saw the importance of this fair and decided to revive it along with a committee from the village. So it was that the Chan Pine Ridge 6th of March Committee took on the challenge of putting together a fair like no other ever seen in Chan Pine Ridge.

It started on Saturday 5th of March with sporting activities which lasted well into the night. On Sunday it was the official ceremonies which were immediately preceded by a display by the Corozal Community College marching band. After brief speeches by invited guests including Ministers Elodio Aragon and Omar Figueroa, the cultural presentations took center stage. Several cultural groups decked out in colorful cultural garbs performed dances reminiscent of yester-year.

There were plant and animal produce on display as well as countless food stalls depicting the mestizo and mayan cultural dishes. A football match was played between Progresso FC and a Mexican team – Pasuco. Progresso won that game. There were also games and entertainment for the children and a dance for the adults started at six in the evening right after a fireworks display.

By any measure the fair was a great success as it is estimated that some three thousand persons attended. Hon. Aragon thanks all those who worked hard to make it a success as well as all those who attended.