Nadur village gets ready to host the 26th edition of – Wirja Agrarja
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Nadur village will once again be hosting the 26th annual traditional Wirja Agrarja – Agricultural and Craft Fair later this month,
Organised by the Nadur Local Council and the Parliamentary Secretariat for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights, the Fair was officially launched to today by Parliamentary Secretary Clint Camilleri and Nadur Mayor Edward Said.
The Parliamentary Secretary said that some 250 participants will exhibit their work at the Fair, and around 4,000 visitors will attend the show which is held over the two days.
He added that it is the Government’s aim is that events such as this continue to thrive in our villages, and it is therefore providing assistance to farmers and herdsmen so that they have an opportunity to celebrate their livelihoods.
The Nadur Mayor explained how Nadur village, known for its breathtaking views, and having some if the best valleys on the island, is the only village where the parish celebrates Imnarja the feast in honour of the Patrons Saints Peter and Paul, on the 29th of June.
He said that “from the establishment of the Nadur local council, it started to explore ideas of activities that could be held during the feast related to history and tradition. From these ideas the Agricultural Exhibition was initiated more than 20 years ago, where it involved a display of fruits and vegetables in Archpriest Martin Camilleri Square. This activity continued to grow and herdsmen and farmers then started to join in the exhibition.”
This year the music and dance will be provided by by Greenfields, Spiru Sillato, the Mnarja Folk Group and Ta’ Cangura Folk Group.
Each participant is given a memento which will be a local product, and those displaying the many different animals will also be presented with a gift.
The village will be alive with activity for the Fair, which takes place over the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd of June, as part of the celebrations for the feast of Imnarja which is celebrated in Nadur.
Visitors to the Fair, are promised a “Feast” for the eyes, and will be able to enjoy a variety of events, including an exhibition of local farm products, livestock, crafts, artisans, antique farming tools, traditional ghana, as well as Gozitan food and wine tasting. Pets and livestock will be blessed on Sunday morning.
The Fair will be held in l-Arcipriet Martin Camilleri Square, from 8:00 pm onwards on the Saturday, and on Sunday from 8:00am onwards.
Photographs from the 2018 Agricultural Fair by Alain Salvary