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Experience seven unforgettable days of summer at Hatchet Bay Festival

Published: Aug 02, 2013

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It’s Bayfest time again!

It’s that time of year again when the 2013 Hatchet Bay Festival takes over the streets of Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera for a week of celebrating the heritage, culture and spirit of the community during the August Monday holiday weekend.

The Hatchet Bay Festival, which will celebrate its 24th year, July 30-August 5, will showcase the talent and culture that is essentially indigenous to the history of Hatchet Bay. This year’s theme: “United in Love and Service: Forward, Upward, Onward” will focus on the journey that the festival has seen from a group of young Baymen forming the Hatchet Bay Development Association, to the first Bay Festival held in 1990 to a renowned festival that brings descendants of Hatchet Bay and fellow Eleutherans from as far north as Canada and south to Florida — not to mention the scores of faithful Baymen and friends of the Bay.

It is these “Faces of the Bay” who for the past 24 years have continued to make Bayfest the most unforgettable summer experience ever.

“I continue to be amazed at the rich history which exists in Hatchet Bay, and this festival provides us with an opportunity to share this experience with the world,” said Hatchet Bay Festival committee chairman Mario Smith.

“This year will truly be an exciting one for the festival not only because of the dynamic Bahamian artists who have been booked, but also because of the specific emphasis we’re placing on the history of the community through the walking tours of Hatchet Bay, which is a new feature in this year’s lineup,” he said.

Through the tours, visitors will be able to get an idea of the history of the community. The tours will also feature some of the elderly people in the community who will give a history of Hatchet Bay through their eyes over the years.

Festival-goers and party revelers can look forward to a few familiar faces and well-loved Bahamian artists who each year give their best performances that become the talk of the island for weeks. Leading the lineup of the All-Stars set to take the stage this year is Geno D., who continues to provide a stellar performance as the headliner for Serenade Sunday.

Stileet and the Sky Juice Band will make their debut on the island of Eleuthera for the very first time. In addition to the evening concerts, daily activities such as the Sands Beer beerfest and bikini competition, fashion shows and performances by the Spanish Wells Band and the Hatchet Bay Junkanoo group, that will appeal to all of those in attendance.

“Each year we try to reinvent ourselves by introducing something new to the festival. This year is going to be epic and one that will fully encompass what Bay Fest is all about – a journey through history, a showcase of Bahamian homegrown talent, a platform for Bahamian artists and a cultural experience like no other,” said Smith.

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