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File photo shows Gilbert Sprauve in costume for the annual play held to celebrate Emancipation Day in 2018. (Source file photo)

Pandemic Can’t Stop the Carnival: STJ Celebration Goes Virtual

When fiery orange blossoms burst out on flamboyant trees, it’s time for the St. John July 4th Festival. This year the flowers are out on schedule, but other signs are missing.
Miss St. John Festival Queen Lenisha Richards and Junior Miss St. John Festival Tamyra Bartlette were on hand for the village opening. (Source photo by Amy Roberts)

St. John’s Festival Village Opens

“Come early, stay late, and full yoh belly up!” was the call to action by several platform guests Friday night as they officially opened the village at St. John’s July 4th Festival.
Visitors peruse the goods at the 2019 St. John Festival Food Fair. (Source photo by Raven Phillips)

STJ Food Fair Serves Culture, Honors Committee

The 2019 St. John Festival Food Fair attracted residents and visitors to Cruz Bay Sunday for the wide selection of local dishes and crafts on sale. Guests stepping off the ferry were immediately greeted with the smell of fresh fruit and Caribbean cooking, the sounds of music and revelry, and the Love City hospitality and culture.
Newly crowned 2019 Junior Miss St. John Festival Tamyra Bartlette and 2019 Miss St. John Festival Queen Lenisha Richards.

Lenisha Richards Crowned STJ Festival Queen

Lenisha Richards, 18, was crowned the 2019 Miss St. John Festival Queen. Tamyra Bartlette, 13, was crowned Junior Miss St. John Festival and, as the only contenders for their titles, Lemuel Liburd III and Elizabeth Farrell were crowned the 2019 St. John Festival Prince and Princess.

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