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Show Kart Jamaica off to promising start

BY RENAE DIXON
Observer staff reporter
dixonr@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, January 08, 2018

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St Ann's newest attraction, Show Kart Jamaica, located at Port Rhoades Sports Club in Discovery Bay, has opened its doors for a unique entertainment package and experience.

Show Kart Jamaica, which is open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 am to 12:00 pm, is modelled off the National PushCart Derby, which was staged at the Kaiser Sports Club (now Port Rhoades) in the 1970s to 90s.

The attraction opened late last year.

According to show manager Lindy Forbes, Show Kart has had a slow start but is building up with the support and encouragement of the local community, travel agencies, and transport operators who say they have “enjoyed the morning show”.

Forbes and his team are expecting growth for the attraction this year.

Roger Walford, a tour operator who has been doing business along the north coast for years, said: “The tour is welcomed as a thoroughly Jamaican attraction, bringing back memories of the original derby which was a Jamaican favourite for families and overseas visitors for many years.”

The Show Kart racetrack is on the perimeter of the Noranda cricket field, and the races are coupled with traditional Jamaican music, songs, dances, and dialect performances.

The history of pushcart riding as a Jamaican cultural tradition is also highlighted with photo displays, as well as a musical action set that honours the Jamaica bobsled team's historic entry into the Winter Olympics in 1988.

The displays also highlight scenes from the Disney movie Cool Runnings, which had its genesis in the story of the pushcart derby and the Jamaica bobsled team.

Visitors are reminded that sections of the movie were filmed at the location.

Forbes said he is proud that the attraction offers employment and income to approximately 16 community residents.

“It is a product of the imagination and creativity of the Kaiser retirees, the Port Rhoades Sports Club, the Noranda Community Council, the St Ann 4-H, and residents who treasure memories of the earlier pushcart Derby which earned international recognition for Jamaica,” he explained.

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