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18th Mango Melee and Fruit Festival Slated for July 6 on St. Croix

Photo of mangoes and tropical fruits

It’s time again for the Crucian summer fruit festival. And it’s all about mangoes and tropical fruits. If you want to eat, grow or learn about mangoes and tropical fruits, then the 18th Annual Mango Melee and Tropical Fruit Festival, set for noon to 6 p.m. on July 6, at the St. George Village Botanical Garden is for you.

Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children six to 12 years. Children five and under are admitted free.

Organizers say this will be a day for the entire family, with educational workshops on the production and nutritional values of bananas and plantains and invasive pests of tropical fruits.

There will be a mango and tropical fruit display, the fabulous “Mango Dis-Mango Dat” food competition, mango, banana and juice tasting, a fruit identification contest, food and craft vendors, farmers, nursery sales, a fruit auction, and the always popular mango eating contest. Live entertainment will be provided by DJ Swain and DJ SuperFly. A “dunk tank” is also planned.

The festival is sponsored by the St. George Village Botanical Garden, the V.I. Department of Agriculture, UVI’s Cooperative Extension Service, the V.I. Department of Tourism, and Innovative. For more information, call (340) 692-2874 or 692-4060.