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Anthony “Allrounder” Hendrickson interacts with fellow calypsonian Joanne “Tigress” Rowley as he performs his Doh Touch Meh Pepper Spray during the Clash of the Tents Showdown at Naparima Bowl, San Fernando, yesterday.

There was a poor turnout of patrons for what was dubbed the Taste of Carnival Clash of the Tents Showdown at Naparima Bowl, San Fernando, yesterday.

Both the auditorium and amphitheatre were open to spectators but mostly empty chairs greeted the first 15 of 32 calypsonians who sang early in their quest to reach the Dimanche Gras show next Sunday.

An afternoon shower that forced patrons to take cover also cleared up to allow the show to continue. Some of the early performances by Diane “Lady Wonder” Hendrickson, NCC chairman Winston “Gypsy” Peter’s and Edwin “Crazy” Ayong fuelled their own energy, unlike the usual Calypso Fiesta hosted at Skinner Park or Guaracara Park in Point-a-Pierre. Guest performer Anthony “All Rounder” Hendrickson was also guided on stage by his daughters to perform his 2022 hit Doh Touch Meh Pepper Spray.

Hendrickson was guided into the amphitheatre and engaged some fans, including calypsonian Joanne “Tigress” Rowley, before a ten-minute intermission.