Mango Melee Draws a Crowd to the Garden

The contestants in the children’s mango eating contest were under the watchful eye of the police to be certain everything was on the up and up. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
The contestants in the children’s mango eating contest were under the watchful eye of the police to be certain everything was on the up and up. (Source photo by Linda Morland)

Thousands of people young and old flocked to the St. George Village Botanical Gardens Sunday for the ever-popular Mango Melee.

There’s something for everyone at Mango Melee – from displays of the mangos and other tropical fruit, to the Mango Dis, Mango Dat cooking competition and the Little Miss Mango Melee and Senior Miss Mango Melee contest, to the crowd-pleasing, no-holds-barred excitement of the mango-eating contest.

Nylani Bernier and Nadalie Joseph admire the many varieties of mangos on display. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
Nylani Bernier and Nadalie Joseph admire the many varieties of mangos on display. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
Contestants in the Little Miss Mango Melee and Senior Miss Mango Melee take the stage together. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
Contestants in the Little Miss Mango Melee and Senior Miss Mango Melee take the stage together. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
We Deh Yah Cultural Dancers whirl beneath a blazing sun. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
We Deh Yah Cultural Dancers whirl beneath a blazing sun. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
There was color everywhere as the Guardians of Culture Moko Jumbies entertained. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
There was color everywhere as the Guardians of Culture Moko Jumbies entertained. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
Sharon Rosario and Holland Redfield II were among those judging Mango Dis and Mango Dat a contest for the best use of mango in foods or beverages.(Source photo by Linda Morland)
Sharon Rosario and Holland Redfield II were among those judging Mango Dis and Mango Dat a contest for the best use of mango in foods or beverages.(Source photo by Linda Morland)
The huge crowd waited in the hot sun for the contestants to appear. Thousands flocked to this year’s Mango Melee. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
The huge crowd waited in the hot sun for the contestants to appear. Thousands flocked to this year’s Mango Melee. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
The winner of the children’s mango eating contest was Reyonce Roach, center. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
The winner of the children’s mango eating contest was Reyonce Roach, center. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
Single-handed mango eating was the rule for the adults and they attempted to get through the large plate of mangos. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
Single-handed mango eating was the rule for the adults and they attempted to get through the large plate of mangos. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
Anuptah Kahina took top honors as the fastest adult mango eater of the day. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
Anuptah Kahina took top honors as the fastest adult mango eater of the day. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
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