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UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS : 19th Annual Mango Melee Set for July 12 at Botanical Garden

The theme this year is Mango Melee 2015: The Drought Edition — dedicated to the Farmers of St. Croix who have provided the organization with fresh fruit and other produce, even under the adverse conditions of this growing season.

 Workshops will include Conservation Practices for Addressing Climate Change,” and other informative discussions.


The 19th annual Mango Melee will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 12, at St. George Village Botanical Garden. 

This will be a fun-filled day for the whole family, which will include food vendors offering all sorts of delicious mango treats and other local food; craft vendors presenting beautiful artwork, jewelry, clothes and more; the kids’ and adults’ mango eating contests; and fun and educational activities for the children.

This year’s entertainment will include performances by King Derby & Calypso Inc. and the We Deh Yah Cultural Dancers, a special appearance by visiting African dance and music troupe the Taratibu Youth Association, as well as DJ Swain and DJ SuperFly on the turntables. 

Local celebrities and political candidates will once again risk getting soaked at the Dunk Tank for the benefit of St. George Village Botanical Garden.

And the always popular ‘Mango Dis, Mango Dat’ food competition will give local chefs a chance to show off their culinary skills and win special prizes.

Admission is $6 for adults, $2 for children 6-12, and free for children 5 years and younger.

The theme this year is “Mango Melee 2015: The Drought Edition,” and this year’s event is dedicated to the Farmers of St. Croix who have provided us with fresh fruit and other produce, even under the adverse conditions of this growing season. 

Workshops will include “Conservation Practices for Addressing Climate Change,” and other informative discussions.

The “other” featured fruit for this year is the drought-resistant coconut.

 Island chefs are encouraged to bring dishes incorporating this fruit for public tastings. 

Egg fruit will also be celebrated for its ability to hold up under adverse growing conditions.

This event is made possible through the support of V.I. Department of Tourism with help from UVI Agricultural Experiment Station, UVI Cooperative Extension Service, V.I. Department of Agriculture, and sponsors: A Better Copy, Cruzan Rum, A Garden Friend, Innovative Companies, TV2, Aqua Sounds Studio, Crucian Gold, Cruzan Environmental Services, JKC Communication, Owen & Carol Johnson, King Derby & Calypso Inc., Marshall & Sterling and RE/MAX Team San Martin.

For more information, call 692-2874 or 692-4090.

St. George Village Botanical Garden of St. Croix is a private, non-profit organization, established in 1972, that is dedicated to the conservation, education, and preservation of the ethno-botanical heritage of the U S Virgin Islands. 

It is located on a sixteen acre site just off the Queen Mary Highway.

 The botanical collections, including over 1500 native and exotic species and varieties, are established in and around the restored buildings and stabilized ruins of a 19th century Danish sugar cane plantation and partially overlap an Amerindian settlement which dates back almost 2,000 years.

The Garden offers a variety of educational programs and activities that focus on the importance of plants and natural resources throughout human history.

Island visitors and residents can experience a unique blend of St. Croix’s botanical, historical, and cultural heritage.

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