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St. Thomas-St. John Agricultural Fair Scheduled

Nov. 9, 2007 – The St. Thomas-St. John Agriculture and Food Fair will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, and Sunday, Nov. 18, on the grounds of the Reichhold Center for the Arts, University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas campus.
Gov. John P. deJongh Jr., UVI President LaVerne E. Ragster, and UVI's Cooperative Extension Service (CES) State Director Kwame Garcia Sr. have been invited to the opening ceremony, which will begin at 2 p.m., on Saturday.
This year's theme is "Make Agriculture Our Haven for 2007." Carlos Robles, vice-president of the fair committee, encourages the entire V.I. community to attend the two-day event. "It's a non-stressful family event with the opportunity to see new things," said Robles. It offers people the opportunity to "change their diets, improve their yards, or just support local agriculture," he said.
Since food is a focal point, a variety of food will be available, from heavy meat to vegetarian dishes. V.I. cooks are challenged to enter their maubi drinks, sweetbreads and ital dishes for competition. Cash prizes and ribbons will go to the top three entries. A variety of local plants suitable for gardening and landscaping will also be offered for sale. There will be a petting zoo with sheep, goat, pigs and a ferret, along with other domestic animals. Buggy rides and horseback riding will also be available.
Members of the community who suspect a pest problem on their plants can bring a sample of the damaged plant in a sealed plastic bag and representatives from Fintrac Inc. and the university will diagnose them.
The fair is sponsored by the Department of Agriculture and UVI, with assistance from Fintrac Inc. and with the support of the West Indian Company.
Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children under 12. For more information, contact CES at 693-1080, or the fair committee at 774-5186.

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Nov. 9, 2007 - The St. Thomas-St. John Agriculture and Food Fair will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, and Sunday, Nov. 18, on the grounds of the Reichhold Center for the Arts, University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas campus.
Gov. John P. deJongh Jr., UVI President LaVerne E. Ragster, and UVI's Cooperative Extension Service (CES) State Director Kwame Garcia Sr. have been invited to the opening ceremony, which will begin at 2 p.m., on Saturday.
This year's theme is "Make Agriculture Our Haven for 2007." Carlos Robles, vice-president of the fair committee, encourages the entire V.I. community to attend the two-day event. "It's a non-stressful family event with the opportunity to see new things," said Robles. It offers people the opportunity to "change their diets, improve their yards, or just support local agriculture," he said.
Since food is a focal point, a variety of food will be available, from heavy meat to vegetarian dishes. V.I. cooks are challenged to enter their maubi drinks, sweetbreads and ital dishes for competition. Cash prizes and ribbons will go to the top three entries. A variety of local plants suitable for gardening and landscaping will also be offered for sale. There will be a petting zoo with sheep, goat, pigs and a ferret, along with other domestic animals. Buggy rides and horseback riding will also be available.
Members of the community who suspect a pest problem on their plants can bring a sample of the damaged plant in a sealed plastic bag and representatives from Fintrac Inc. and the university will diagnose them.
The fair is sponsored by the Department of Agriculture and UVI, with assistance from Fintrac Inc. and with the support of the West Indian Company.
Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children under 12. For more information, contact CES at 693-1080, or the fair committee at 774-5186.