Agrifest Will Open For Three Days On Saturday, Feb. 18

A child’s delight, multiple brightly colored carnival rides being set up in anticipation of a large crowd for Agrifest 2023. (Source photo by Linda Morland)

The 51st Annual Agriculture and Food Fair of the U.S. Virgin Islands will open on Feb. 18 at 9 a.m. This year’s theme is “Agriculture: Growing Today for Tomorrow…You, Me, All Ah We…in 2023.

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Located at the Rudolph Shulterbrandt Agriculture Complex on Centerline Road on St. Croix, the fair, also known as Agrifest, will be open daily from Feb. 18 through Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The entrance fee is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $4 for children.

Tents are going up and vendor booths wait for completion as the time grows closer to opening day of Agrifest on Saturday, Feb. 19. (Source photo by Linda Morland)

Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 10 a.m. on Sat., Feb. 18. The awards for livestock farmer of the year, crop farmer of the year and apiary of the year will be announced at that time.

Bright yellow booths stand ready to be filled with vendors and the street with the throngs of people attending the 2023 Agrifest, which opens on Feb. 18. (Source photo by Linda Morland)

There will be entertainment throughout the three days of Agrifest, as shown in the entertainment schedule. These include Stanley and the 10 Sleepless Knights, quadrille dancing by multiple groups, Guardians of Culture Mocko Jumbies, and Ay Ay Masqueraders, along with many others.

Generations of families have enjoyed Agrifest as shown in this photo from 2003. (Source photo by Linda Morland)

The family-oriented fair will provide interesting exhibits, local livestock, demonstrations, and a variety of local food and beverages. There will be carnival rides to delight the children. People from throughout the Virgin Islands will attend the event along with guests who are expected to arrive from Guyana, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia and Grenada.

In the livestock pavilion at the agricultural fairgrounds, Sarah Dahl-Smith, Extension Specialist – 4-H Youth Development at University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service and Sue Lakos, member of the Virgin Islands Agriculture and Food Fair Board of Directors, confer about priority items to complete in the upcoming week to be ready for the opening of Agrifest on Feb. 18. (Source photo by Linda Morland)