St.Croix Agriculture Fair 2014
It has been some 20 plus years since we have experienced the St.Croix’s Agriculture Fair which is now called the Agriculture and Food Fair of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The AG Fair is also considered to be the Caribbean’s largest Fair of it’s kind.
The AG Fair is always held in February on Presidents’ Day weekend (a 3 day event) of each year on the grounds of the Rudolph Shulterbrandt Agricultural Complex in Estate Lower Love, St. Croix. Although we got to experience this go around from a vendor’s perspective, much hasn’t changed from the last time we visited.
Local produce was displayed and sold in the Farmer’s Market named in honor of Violet Drew which was furthest west of the fairgrounds. Livestock was shown and sold in the Livestock Pavilion named in honor of John “Johnny Tranberg” was slightly north east of the Farmer’s Market. The main thoroughfare is lined with booths that showcased and sold arts and crafts, wares, some local food and local remedies. The Food Pavilion named in honor of Edith Matthew was furthest east and showcased many of the local dishes that many came to sample and take home.
The event was definitely nostalgic for us as much hasn’t changed. In addition we gained exposure by showcasing our wares often times being greeted with the expression of “You guys did this?…we thought it was someone from another island” It was great being back and experiencing the event and being able to connect with people. We made great new connections, however reconnecting with friends and family we haven’t seen in “donkey” years was simply priceless!