Record numbers attend Guinea Jubilee

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Oct 02, 2013 - 01:21 PM

Photo: James Lee West competes in the Anchor Toss on Saturday afternoon at the Guinea Jubilee. While his throw wasn’t good enough to place, he did win the Crab Pot Pulling Contest with a time of 32.07 seconds. Photo by Charlie Koenig

James Lee West competes in the Anchor Toss on Saturday afternoon at the Guinea Jubilee. While his throw wasn’t good enough to place, he did win the Crab Pot Pulling Contest with a time of 32.07 seconds. Photo by Charlie Koenig

Photo: The McMillan brothers from Hayes, Riley, 9, and Carter, 3, enjoy some of the delicacies available at this year’s Guinea Jubilee. Photo by Charlie Koenig

The McMillan brothers from Hayes, Riley, 9, and Carter, 3, enjoy some of the delicacies available at this year’s Guinea Jubilee. Photo by Charlie Koenig

Record numbers of people gathered Friday and Saturday to celebrate the 34th annual Guinea Jubilee.

"We were extremely pleased," said Tara Thomas, who chairs the Guinea Jubilee Committee, along with her husband, Brook. "Everything seemed to come together from the weather to the great number of people who attended—all with very few problems," she added.

According to Thomas, about 8,000 people attended the festival on Friday and as many as 12,000 were estimated on Saturday. "These are record numbers for us," Thomas said. "We were ecstatic to realize we had that many people."

The only thing of any issue throughout the entire weekend was some traffic congestion after Saturday’s Abingdon Firemen’s Parade. "We’ll have that smoothed out next year," she said.

Parade winners

The following groups were winners in Saturday’s Abingdon Firemen’s Parade: Church/school youth group—Achilles Elementary School (first) and Union Baptist Church (second); Scout troops—Girl Scout Troop 1427 (first) and Girl Scout Troop 1212 (second); Commercial—Jellystone Campground (first) and Chesapeake Bank (second); Civic groups—Tidewater Shriners; Antique car/hotrod—Morris Crockett (first) and Jeremy Gibson (second); Judge’s Award—GHS NJROTC and Literacy Volunteers of Gloucester; Pumper 1250 gpm and over—Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue; Aerial/ladder truck—Deltaville Volunteer Fire Department; Brush truck—Oceana Volunteer Fire Department; Rescue/salvage truck—Oceana Volunteer Fire Department; Ambulance—Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue; Antique—Surry Volunteer Fire Department; Longest traveled—Oceana Volunteer Fire Department; Best overall (five-year traveling trophy)—Oceana Volunteer Fire Department.