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Posted: Friday, June 1, 2018. 1:00 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff:  The teachers at San Juan Bosco Roman Catholic School in the Stan Creek district, are preparing to host the first-ever Banana Fest to raise funds for a new school building.

The two-day event takes place at the football field in San Juan Village on June 15-16, as the faculty and staff strive to hit their $50,000 target. The festival will feature events such as a banana-themed opening parade ceremony, green banana recipe cookout competition, and live entertainment courtesy Supa G, and the Sweet Pain Band, along with DJ’s such as DJ Ash Belize and DJ Downa.

The activities include information booths about the banana industry hosted by organizations such as the Banana Growers Association, the Big Creek Group and Belagro. The highlight of the festival will be the launch of the Miss Banana Belt Pageant, where high school students will compete in a series of rounds, including “best banana themed costume, for the title.

The contestants are Melanie Sho (Independence High School), Dylcia Bonell (Georgetown Technical High School), Veline Tasher (Stann Creek Ecumenical High School) and Kathy Bonilla (Delille Academy) competing for the title.

Established in 1983, San Juan Bosco Roman Catholic School is located in the area known as the Banana Belt, which is the hub of the Banana Industry. The school has two separate campuses: one in San Juan and the other in Cow Pen village, roughly a quarter mile away. The San Juan campus houses pre-school to Infant 2 classes, while the Cow Pen campus houses Standards 1 through to 6. The teachers are hoping to amalgamate or have all classes together at the Cow Pen Campus where there is adequate land space and room for expansion.

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