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Cat Island Rake & Scrape Festival

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A new generation of Cat Islanders keeps the rich musical tradition of Rake & Scrape going. Young women have brought a new look to this male-dominated art form.
Cedelle Hunter beats the goatskin drum, Pompey “Bohog” Johnson plays the accordion, and Crystal Smith bends/scrapes the saw, alternating between different musical tones.
Veteran Rake & Scrape artist, Pompey “Bohog” Johnson, belts out a smooth set of lyrics, as he maneuvers his accordion.

Event Dates: June 04, 2020 - June 06, 2020

Description of Event

This  festival is held every year during the Bahamas Labour Day Holiday weekend, at the Rake and Scrape Festival Park near Arthur's Town Airport. It showcases the rhythmic vibe of the island's premier Rake and Scrape music, performed by local and national artists. It also features a Battle of the Rake & Scrape Bands and quadrille dancing. During the festival, guests can partake of “down home” Cat Island cuisine and drinks, purchase locally authentic made Cat Island crafts, art, literature, jewelry, and straw items.

The Rake-N-Scrape Park is open every day of the Festival for an island-style breakfast, beginning at 8:00 a.m. and continuing on to lunch. There will be a variety of daytime activities, such as checkers and domino games... all while listening to good down home rake-n-scrape music. At 7:00 p.m., the park is cleared to make room for the fantastic showcasing of all things rake-n-scrape, with national and local talent competing and performing on stage. The park is a totally enclosed space, with restrooms and picnic tables available for patrons. It is pet friendly as long as the animal is leashed.

Schedule of Events:

  • Gospel Night - Thursday June 6th
  • Festival - Friday June 7th and Saturday June 8th
  • Beach Party - Sunday June 9th
  • Games/Other Activities - Monday June 10th

Admission Fee: Adults $10.00 before 9:00 p.m. / $20.00 after 9:00 p.m; Children $5.00 (5-12 years) / 1-4 years free

Ages Event is Appropriate For: All Ages

Accessibility Notes: The site is wheelchair accessible.

For More Information, Contact:

Kay Chriswell

Arthur's Town, CI
(242) 357-3576

Boundaries and names shown do not necessarily reflect the map policy of the National Geographic.

Latitude: 24.629278000
Longitude: -75.674991000
Elevation: 4 FT (1 M)
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