26-27th 9am-6pm 28th 12-6pm
AGRIFEST 2018 - "V.I. Agriculture Strong: Rebound, Rebuild, Regrow ”
Billed as "AGRIFEST", the Agriculture and Food Fair of the US Virgin Islands is the largest agricultural exposition in the territory. The Fair will be held from May 26-28th, 2018 on the fairgrounds of the Rudolph Shulterbrandt Agricultural Complex in Estate Lower Love, St. Croix.
Gates are open on Saturday, May 26-27th from 9 am 6 pm with the opening ceremonies beginning at 10:00 am followed by a quadrille dance that is open to ALL. The highlight of the ceremony is the Farmer of the Year Award. Other activities include Junior and Senior Calypso Shows, Donkey cart rides, and horse rides.
Gates are open Monday, May 28 from 12 pm until 6 pm. The entrance fee on all three days is $4.00.
Once again, the main exhibit building will house the farmers market, schools and youth groups. More than 50 spaces will be filled by farmers with fruits, vegetables and other plants, and more than 30 spaces will be filled with schools and youth exhibits. Exhibits by the University of the Virgin Islands Research and Public Service component, the Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture and USDA will be housed in tents.
The Agriculture and Food Fair is a showcase for locally produced agricultural products, livestock, arts and crafts and native cuisine. Throughout the weekend, fair goers can sample foods such as kallaloo, maufe, tarts, and candies and local drinks like ginger beer, sorrel, passion fruit and maubi. It is also an opportunity for residents and visitors to purchase fair T-shirts, post cards, the fair booklet and other souvenirs. The booklet highlights the agricultural research and cultural richness that make us unique as Virgin Islanders. The bulletin has evolved throughout the years from a simple program of the weekend's events to a booklet with the latest research, environmental issues, poems and special local recipes. It is also a pictorial documentation of the various activities that have taken place throughout the years. Copies will be available at the fair for $5.00.
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