The upcoming 57th Virgin Gorda Easter Festival, a cherished 57-year tradition, will pay tribute to the prominent Virgin Gorda businessman, Rupert “Buck” Vanterpool. Mr. Vanterpool has been named the honouree of the festival, recognizing his enduring commitment and substantial contributions to the event over the years.

The Virgin Gorda Easter Festival Committee annually designates an honouree who has played a pivotal role in the success of the festival.

In a statement, the Committee commended Mr. Vanterpool, stating, “Rupert’s commitment to the community extends far beyond the aisles of his supermarket. He and his company [Buck’s Food Market] have been steadfast supporters of the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival, generously sponsoring village events, pageants, and Festival Troupes, ensuring that this cherished tradition continues to flourish and enrich the lives of all who partake in its festivities.”

Mr. Vanterpool’s journey from a small superette at the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour to expanding at the same venue and establishing a supermarket on Tower Road in Valley, Virgin Gorda, has been highlighted as a testament to his entrepreneurial success and dedication to the community.

Director of Tourism Clive McCoy praised the Festival Committee for their hard work and collaboration, stating, “I have known Mr. Vanterpool for many years and respect and admire him not only as a businessman but as a community man, an individual who loves and supports his community with or without fanfare. It is quite fitting to bestow honour on such individuals when they can appreciate it and enjoy the celebration. I extend congratulations to Mr. Vanterpool on receiving this well-deserved honour.”.

The Virgin Gorda Easter Festival is set to be celebrated throughout March, commencing with the Miss Teen Virgin Gorda Easter Festival Pageant on Saturday, 2nd March 2024.

The festivities will include pageants, festival village entertainment, the cultural food fair, the annual hat parade, Easter Egg Hunt, and will culminate with the Easter Monday Parade on 1st April, 2024.