The annual goat and crab races at Mt. Pleasant and Buccoo were successful in pulling large crowds at the recreational facilities.
One of the highlights of the Mt. Pleasant event was the newly constructed pavilion. Residents had expressed pessimism about the completion of the facility in time for the Easter Monday races. However, the contractors worked overtime to complete the much needed pavilion.
President of the Carnbee/Mt. Pleasant Village Council Tomely Roberts while speaking at Mt. Pleasant said the facility should be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.
"This is your facility, utilize it to your benefit, and take pride in it. In addition, it generates opportunities for sporting growth within the community," Roberts said.
THA Chief Secretary Orville London, in bringing remarks, said the pavilion is one of class and a mini stadium. London said over $10 million has been spent, by the Assembly, over the past 5-6 years to bring the Mt. Pleasant facility to the standard it is at this point. He called on those gathered to maximise the use of the facility. $25,000 courtesy the Division of Finance was the stake for one race at the Mt. Pleasant derby, while in Buccoo the prize for the derby was $10,000.
Across at Buccoo on Tuesday, London paid tribute, to Sonny Murray and others who contributed to the development of the sport.
"This is an opportunity to showcase an international event, to showcase Tobago's beauty and culture, hospitality and cuisine. With that opportunity goes a challenge, as over the past decades, people's expectations of Buccoo have risen, and therefore we have a responsibility to ensure when people come to Buccoo, they are in no way dissatisfied and disappointed," London said.
London said the tradition must be kept alive but the approach must be modernized. He wants to see the introduction of modern techniques to enhance marketing measures and presentations at both villages. London stressed that Buccoo festivities do not end on Easter Tuesday.
He also spoke about the introduction of a derby race next year. According to the Chief Secretary, Buccoo and Mt. Pleasant woukd have to participate in a series of races to be held throughout the year, and points will be accumulated for the derby.
TSTT sponsored the 'A' class goat race at Mt. Pleasant and 'B class-the TSTT stake,' as well as the TSTT Classic at Buccoo. Manager, Enterprise Marketing and Communication, Tobago Operations Onika Blackman said, Blink/Bmobile would like to offer congratulations to both the organisers of the Carnbee/Mt. Pleasant Sports and Family Day as well as the of the Buccoo Goat and Crab Festival on their successful and well organised events. "We would also like to say a very public Thank you to both communities for allowing us to be a part of their Easter celebrations and wish them both much success in the future," Blackman said.