WAIKAPU - The tenth annual Maui County Agricultural Festival kicks off on Saturday, April 1, with an island-style pancake breakfast honoring four Maui farmers for their contributions to our community.
The Maui Legacy Farmers Pancake Breakfast hosted by the Maui County Farm Bureau and Maui County Office of Economic Development will pay tribute to Richard "Dick" Cameron of HC&S; Doug MacCluer of Maui Pineapple Company and Maui Gold Pineapple Company; Peter Baldwin of Pi'iholo Ranch; and the late Dr. Wilbert Yee of Yee's Orchard.
Sponsored by HC&S, the Maui Legacy Farmers Pancake Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. in an open-air tent on the luau grounds. Breakfast tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for keiki (12 and under). Come to the Maui Legacy Farmers Pancake Breakfast and your festival admission is free!
The festival will feature a full day of activities, education, crops, animals, games and talk story sessions to help raise awareness of agriculture's important role in the community.
The Ag Festival will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. against the lush backdrop of Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu.
Fill up on a delicious buffet of pancakes with syrup, scrambled eggs, Portuguese and link sausages, Maui Gold Pineapple, juice and hot coffee by Mill House Roasting Company.
Breakfast entertainment includes bingo and a unique Ag Fest raffle with items such as tropical plants, Grown on Maui produce boxes, restaurant gift certificates, farmers' market gift certificates and a hotel stay at Kaanapali Beach Hotel.
"Last year was the first year we named legacy farmers as part of Ag Festival, and it was a big hit," said Warren Watanabe, executive director of the Maui County Farm Bureau. "So we're really pleased to make it a tradition to honor these individuals and their families for the major agricultural contributions they've made to Maui Nui over the years."
"We hope the entire Maui community will come out to Ag Fest and enjoy the pancake breakfast and this chance to honor our Maui legacy farmers and their families," Watanabe commented.
"Now more than ever, it's important that we recognize and promote the vital role that agriculture plays in our Maui economy, environment and lifestyle."
For a schedule of events and more information about the festival, visit www.mauicountyfarmbureau.org.