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MORE MAPP SLACKNESS! Rain, UVI and Poor Planning Lead To Cancelation of AgFair Cock & Bull Show In Rock City for 2016

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ON THE BALLS: Gov. Ken Mapp

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Following much discussion and deliberation the membership of the St. Thomas – St. John Agriculture and Food Fair Committee has made the decision to cancel the 33rd Annual Agriculture and Food Fair “based on logistical and numerous other challenges. A meeting has been scheduled with the vendors to discuss related concerns and plans for moving forward.”

The members of the organizing committee regret the hardship and inconvenience faced by everyone. We appreciate the patience and continued support of our vendors, sponsors, and the community in general, the V.I. Department of Agriculture said in a prepared release.

This annual event is sponsored by the St. Thomas-St. John Agriculture and Food Fair Committee in partnership with the University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service, Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture, V. I. Council on the Arts and the National Endowment of the Arts, Fintrac and volunteer community members.

For more information call the UVI Cooperative Extension Service at (340) 693-1080 or the Department of Agriculture at (340) 774-5182.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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