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66th Annual Food Fair Showcases Resiliency and Creativity of Virgin Islands People

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Virgin Islanders from home and abroad, along with visitors to the territory, filled Emancipation Garden for the 66th annual food fair held every Wednesday of Carnival week.

The arts and crafts and the food were especially sweet after very challenging months for the four islands.

Governor Kenneth Mapp and Lieutenant Governor Osbert Potter joined Carnival Queen Ji’Kelle K. Michael and her “royal court” on the gazebo for the opening of the fair, saluting its honoree, the St. Thomas/St. John Woodworkers Society Inc., for its members’ compelling artwork and contributions to the community.

After the ribbon cutting, the program began with remarks from Lillian Moolenaar, mistress of ceremonies, followed by rhythmic twirling and dancing from the Sebastien Majorettes.

The judges then made their circuit around the fair to determine which were the best arts and crafts, dishes and plants.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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