Takin’ in the ag festival

FIRST PHOTO: Bree Toma, 5, sits tall in the saddle while visiting the Makani Olu Ranch livestock display Saturday. The ranch in Waikapu is home to the largest herd of longhorn cattle in the state.

SECOND PHOTO: Maui Beach & Golf Resort Executive Chef Marc McDowell drizzles green bean oil on his green bean and pork wonton creation in Saturday’s Grand Taste pairing of chefs and farmers. McDowell said he explored a variety of ways to highlight the taste of beans provided by Kumu Farms.

THIRD PHOTO: Ken Apo of Na Kani O Hula Farms helps Lucas Dunnicliffe, 9, attach a woven cord to the gourd ipu he made in the Maui County Ag Festival’s Keiki Zone on Saturday at the Maui Tropical Plantation Waikapu.

FOURTH PHOTO: Tomatoes grown on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains await the knife, and eventually forks.

The annual celebration of island agriculture, food, flowers, livestock and entertainment drew its usual big crowds, giving both residents and visitors a chance to sample island-grown products and wares.