National Festivals Minister Daryl Matthew says the controversy over judging certain carnival shows may have led patrons to downgrade the entire summer festival.
Matthew said the judging was among “sour points” based on the perception that the judges results did not match what the public expected.
While he did not specify a competition, many people have said that the 2018 jumpy monarch competition was not properly judged.
“That is an area that we need to look at and revisit and this is not to cast aspersions on the judges but I just think that the public needs to have the confidence that the adjudicators really see the same thing they see.”
The minister added that members of the public must also understand the criteria for judging.
“And there needs to be some public education,” he said.
But the minister said changes to the line up of carnival worked and will be continued in the future.
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