Every February, St. Croix hosts the largest agricultural festival in the Territory. The St. Croix Agricultural Fair, or AgriFest, is a colorful display of locally produced agricultural products, livestock, arts and crafts and native cuisine. Taking place over three days, festival goers can taste, touch and see everything on St. Croix that has to do with agricultural.
The fair is held at the Rudolph Shulterbrandt Agricultural Complex in Estate Lower Love. There is a small admission fee to enter, but well worth it! Once inside the fair grounds, you can make your way though vendors selling a variety of goods and locally made products that are hard to find at other times during the year.
The main exhibit hall houses the farmer’s market where you can browse fruits, vegetables, herbs and other plants grown by St. Croix farmers as well as other farmers from different islands in the Caribbean. You will also find exhibits sponsored by St. Croix schools, youth groups, public service groups, the Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture and the USDA inside the main exhibit hall.
In addition to the locally grown produce and food, there is a ton of fun to be had on the Ag Fair grounds for you and your family.
Livestock exhibits will be on display in the Frits E. Lawaetz livestock pavilion and at the UVI exhibit area on the ‘Henry Carter’ fairgrounds. They include cattle, pigs, sheep, goats chickens, ducks, rabbits, even emus, peacocks and other interesting animals. All grown and raised by Virgin Island farmers. Some of the animals are raised by students and are judged on the animal.
Awards are given out for various categories for produce and livestock, but the highest honor is the Farmer of the Year award.
For the children, there are donkey cart rides, carnival rides, and a petting zoo. Daily live local music, fashion shows and informative booths are some of the other activities to enjoy.