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Given the dramatic scale-down of emancipation festivities this year, vendors are only being charged $500 to set up booths at the festival village in Road Town.

This marks a 50 percent reduction when compared to previous years.

Chairman of the Virgin Islands Festival & Fairs Committee Trefor Grant said this was welcomed news for vendors.

Vendors also have been given permission to begin booth operations as early as July 30, which represents more than a week before the festival village officially opens.

The festival village officially opens on August 3.

“Because we recognised that the [number of festival] days are shortened, we have to make sure it is economically viable for the vendors to be there,” explained Walwyn, who said he was the one to authorised early operations.

“We all know how the festival village turns into the local lunch spot during that time so even though we don’t officially have events, there is still an opportunity for the vendors to be able to come in and make some money because of the shortened days that we’ve presented,” Walwyn added.

During previous festivals, vendors have been known to complain about certain factors and conditions of festival. Such factors include the cost to erect a booth at the village, which vendors say cause them to earn little to no profit.

Meanwhile, festival will also include its usual admission fees on select nights. Admission on those nights will be about $25 presold and $30 at the gate.

“The fees are somewhat modest in my opinion when compared to other jurisdictions,” said Walwyn at a festival press conference on Monday.

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