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Photo Focus: “Belly Buss” with Mango at this Year’s Annual Mango Melee

STAFF WRITER, The St. Croix Source July 9th 2023

Mango here, mango there, mango everywhere. As the resounding theme of mangoes filled the air, the 27th annual Mango Melee held at the St. George Village Botanical Garden on Sunday on St. Croix, former Sen. Positive Nelson exclaimed with joy, “Belly buss’ with mango.”

During the mango-eating contest, children as young as four years old competed, while the competition was steep during the adults’ division with strapping men. The crowd cheered in high spirits as local mangoes were devoured hastily for the ultimate prize of bragging rights and other monetary prizes for a series of local experiences.

Anita Thomas, far left, eats her last mango as her fierce competitors struggled to keep up as this year’s winner of the 27th Annual Mango Melee. (Photo by Shanell Petersen)



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