An estimated 15,000-18,000 enjoy Guinea Jubilee

by Peter J. Teagle - Posted on Oct 03, 2018 - 02:14 PM

Photo: The crab pot pull, a Guinea Jubilee favorite, was hotly contested this year as several former champions returned for a shot at the men’s and women’s titles. On the men’s side Frankie “Wild Man” West, above, a former champion, took home this year’s title with a time of 21.32 seconds. The West boys took home all three top spots, with Lee West pulling a 23.72 for second place and Don West rounding out the winners with a time of 25.90. Photo by Peter J. Teagle

The crab pot pull, a Guinea Jubilee favorite, was hotly contested this year as several former champions returned for a shot at the men’s and women’s titles. On the men’s side Frankie “Wild Man” West, above, a former champion, took home this year’s title with a time of 21.32 seconds. The West boys took home all three top spots, with Lee West pulling a 23.72 for second place and Don West rounding out the winners with a time of 25.90. Photo by Peter J. Teagle

Photo: Michelle Fattony of Maryus pulls a pot on her way to a time of 32.88 seconds and first place in the women’s crab pot pulling competition. Photo by Peter J. Teagle

Michelle Fattony of Maryus pulls a pot on her way to a time of 32.88 seconds and first place in the women’s crab pot pulling competition. Photo by Peter J. Teagle

Photo: Among the dozens of booths on the main fairgrounds of the Guinea Jubilee, one that stood out was this tightrope built by Boy Scout Troop 113 under the direction of Andy Hart and Dave Olsen. Above, Jayden Emerson, who has been Scouting for five years, demonstrates how to navigate the structure. Photo by Peter J. Teagle

Among the dozens of booths on the main fairgrounds of the Guinea Jubilee, one that stood out was this tightrope built by Boy Scout Troop 113 under the direction of Andy Hart and Dave Olsen. Above, Jayden Emerson, who has been Scouting for five years, demonstrates how to navigate the structure. Photo by Peter J. Teagle

Photo: Another popular event, the anchor toss, saw competitors hurl an 11-pound anchor with the longest three throws placing. Each competitor had two attempts. Above, Jeff Cusatis prepares to send his first anchor downrange. Photo by Peter J. Teagle

Another popular event, the anchor toss, saw competitors hurl an 11-pound anchor with the longest three throws placing. Each competitor had two attempts. Above, Jeff Cusatis prepares to send his first anchor downrange. Photo by Peter J. Teagle

Photo: Sponsored by the Middle Peninsula Classic Cruisers, the annual car and truck show is another fixture of the Guinea Jubilee. Classic and antique vehicles from nearly every decade of automobiles were represented, as well as a handful of modern sports and muscle cars. There was also a 50/50 raffle to benefit the Guinea Heritage Association. Photo by Peter J. Teagle

Sponsored by the Middle Peninsula Classic Cruisers, the annual car and truck show is another fixture of the Guinea Jubilee. Classic and antique vehicles from nearly every decade of automobiles were represented, as well as a handful of modern sports and muscle cars. There was also a 50/50 raffle to benefit the Guinea Heritage Association. Photo by Peter J. Teagle

An estimated 15,000-18,000 people visited the Abingdon Ruritan grounds at Bena over the weekend for the 39th annual Guinea Jubilee, according to event co-chair Tara Thomas.

Festivities began Friday afternoon, with food, arts and vendor booths opening to attendees before the opening concert by band Crazy X that evening. 

On Saturday the Jubilee kicked off with Crab Walk/Run and Shad Run registration bright and early before booths reopened at 9 o’clock. Douglas Marshall was the male winner of the 5K while Jessica Cunningham led the women’s division. Kylie Par-

ker and Kaleb Sweat took home girls’ and boys’ 1-mile Crabby Fun Run victories, respectively.

At the same time, the Middle Peninsula Classic Car show got underway, showcasing sports, muscle, classic, and antique cars ranging from the 1940s to the modern day.

Following two hours of preparation, the Abingdon Volunteer Fire and Rescue Firemen’s Parade left its staging area at Union Baptist Church and proceeded to the Ruritan Club Grounds.

In total there were 15 categories of floats ranging from churches to civic groups, youth organizations, and commercial entities. Gloucester Point Baptist Church, Girl Scout Troop 180, American Heritage Girls Troop 1318, Achilles Shopping Center, Literacy Volunteers of Gloucester, Sally Epps (antique car and hotrod) and Commonwealth Motorsports were the first-place winners. Gloucester High School NJROTC as well as the Marching Dukes received Judges Awards for their performances. The Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue took first place in the ambulance and pumper (1,250 GPM and over) categories.

From there, the crab pot pulling contests got underway, with the West family dominating competition. Frankie “Wild Man” West took home the crab pot pulling title with a time of 21.32 seconds while Lee West and Calvin West rounded out the top three.

On the women’s side, Michelle Fattony of Maryus captured first place with a time of 32.88. 

Saturday evening’s festivities included karaoke, a performance by the Mullins Sisters and finally a fireworks display.

Thomas said she was thrilled by the turnout and perfect weather. While specific attendance is hard to iron out, she reported that each year total waste is weighed to help estimate turnout, and this year saw the most waste generated of any year. 

Largest turnout or not, Thomas said they could not have asked for better conditions. “It was like the heavens opened up and all the rain stopped just in time,” she said. “We were thrilled.”