Parade to open Festival  - Solomon Star News

Parade to open Festival 

11 October 2019
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Bananas harvested for the towers to be used in the Banana Festival. [Photo: Aukeni Mamau]



THE Third Makira Banana Festival will start with a float from Kira Kira, the provincial capital of Makira Ulawa Province to the festival venue at Kokana Village, West Bauro today.

The Kokana Village Chief and his elders will welcome guests and participants as they arrive at the venue, taking them on a tour of the Festival Village and will be followed by a traditional challenge and presentation of gifts to the Official Guest of Honour and the Special Guest.

Some of the highlights of the Festival include Banana in Floral, Banana in Foods and Drinks, Banana in Variety, Custom Dances and Chants and Banana in Talent Show.

The Festival’s Local Organizing Committee has agreed that all the foods for the three- day festival will be prepared out of banana fruits and all the activities, events and wear   will depict banana.

Meanwhile, a tower to store banana fruits has been built, so as two toilets, one for women and the other for men.

A pick-up has been used to drop the first load of banana fruits while some more are to be dropped today.

And stalls for participants to display their products have been put up, a generator to light up the venue and a sound system was provided.

LOC members are happy with the way Kokana villagers are preparing the venue for the 2019 Makira Banana Festival, so much so, they have started negotiations with the village chief and elders to play host to the Fourth Banana Festival in 2020.

By GEORGE ATKIN 
In Kira Kira

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