Threat of rain fails to dampen Agri Fair


The threat of a tropical storm didn’t deter the public from showing up at the 35th Agricultural Fair last Saturday at the Civic Center in Susupe.

Nearly 300 people graced the event that showcased the best livestock and crops the CNMI ranchers and farmers have to offer.

Joshua Santos, one the coordinators of the Agricultural Fair, said he is happy with the large turnout despite the bad weather.

“We hold this event [every year] in order to show our support for [Saipan farmers and ranchers] and show our love to them and appreciate their passion for farming and ranching,” he said.

The Saipan Agricultural Fair Association, Department of Lands and Natural Resources, and Northern Marianas College-Cooperative Research Extension & Educational Services also gave out prizes for the top 3 in the crops category.

First place went to Jesus Guerrero, followed by Florentino Pataganas and William Ada who took second and third places, respectively.

The winners in the livestock category will be announced later, according to the organizers.

The event was also graced by Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, DLNR Secretary Anthony T. Benevente, Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang, NMC president Dr. Carmen Fernandez, and 2018 Agricultural Fair chair Dr. Ignacio Dela Cruz.

Fernandez said she was surprised to see that people came to the Agricultural Fair despite the threat of the tropical storm, adding that she wishes an even bigger agricultural fair next year.

Aside from plant and livestock exposition, live entertainment was provided by Natibu Band, Northern Stars, Olomwaay Band, Island Showman, Island Warriors, Maggie Naputi’s band, Da Kine Band, Guma’ Simiyan Manaina-ta, and Tahiti Nui.

Fahim Uddin

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