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Agrifest 2020 Set for Feb. 15-17: "Agriculture: Trendy in 2020”

Marthious Clavier of the Cooperative Extension Service (CES) Interacts with Children

The public is invited to attend the 49th Annual Agriculture and Food Fair of the U.S. Virgin Islands from Feb. 15-17, at the Rudolph Shulterbrandt Agricultural Complex, Estate Lower Love, on St. Croix.  The theme is “Agriculture: Trendy in 2020.”  The entrance fee is $6 for adults, $4 for children, and $5 for senior citizens. The fair will open daily from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., with an opening ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15. 

“Agriculture is Life! Fresh food is medicine! Grow something…anything,” said Positive T.A. Nelson, commissioner of the V.I. Department of Agriculture.

Agrifest 2020 will also feature Farmer of the Year award presentations and quadrille dancing by the Heritage Dancers.  Other entertainment will include Bingo by Bogle, the Big Band, Hypa Active Band, Hartatak Band International, Kurt Schindler, reggae and soca artists expos.  Family fun will involve interesting and attractive exhibits, demonstrations, entertainment, challenging competitions, games, prize-winning animals, a variety of delicious local food and beverages, along with the fun-fellowship of sharing with friends and relatives from neighboring islands. In addition to participants from all three Virgin Islands, guests are expected to arrive from Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, and Grenada.

University of the Virgin Islands programs will participate under a designated UVI tent with educational displays of publications and services offered to the community. In addition to their major sponsorship roles, both Land Grant programs – the Cooperative Extension Service (CES) and the Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) will portray the theme of "Agriculture: Trendy in 2020.”

The organizers of the 2020 Agriculture and Food Fair invite everyone to come and experience Virgin Islands agriculture at its very best.  The Agriculture and Food Fair is sponsored by the V.I. Department of Agriculture, the UVI Cooperative Extension Service, and the V.I. Department of Tourism. 

For more information, contact the Public Relations office at (340) 693-1057 or at pr@uvi.edu.