Ag Day is tomorrow

Storytellers, fire engine displays and kite making are but a few of the things that promise to make Ash Wednesday’s Agriculture Day one of the most enjoyable events of this year.

‘Everyone should come out and enjoy this special day focused on replanting and regrowing. While the planned activities will surely lift spirits, the day also pays tribute to our farmers’ resilience, and shows the existing goodwill between different agencies in the agricultural sector,’ said Chief Agricultural and Veterinary Officer Dr Alfred Benjamin.

Starting at 10am, the official opening ceremony will feature a keynote address by Minister for Agriculture Mr Gilbert McLean, as well as messages from the Governor, Mr Bruce Dinwiddy, and Dr Benjamin.

The rest of the day will be jam-packed with demonstrations, music and other entertainment that is guaranteed to keep everyone on the go.

Storytellers from the Cayman National Cultural Foundation will delight audiences with their crafty tales, while local bands such as the North Side Kitchen band, Coco Red, Gone Country and Heat will get the feet tapping. Singer Andy Martin will also add to the buzz.

The Fire Service, the Police’s K9 unit and the Equestrian Society will offer demonstrations and several government departments will set up booths. Some local businesses will also have their wares on display, including an aquaponics project.

Children can look forward to a demonstration on kite making and flying, while parents can join the replanting drive by buying native plants from the National Trust. Local nurseries and the Department of Agriculture will have an assortment of vegetable seedlings fruit and shade trees for sale. Many island-made arts and crafts will also be on display.

As always there will be plenty to eat and drink, featuring some of the best local cuisine. New this year, several schools have been invited to operate the soft drink stalls as a means to raise money for their own post Ivan projects.

People can expect plenty of give-aways and all stand a chance to win spot prizes.

Gate prizes feature a Cayman Airways trip to Boston plus $800 spending money and there will be an additional raffle on the day with a top prize of a $1,000 gift certificate from A.L.Thompson.

Anyone interested in selling food, crafts, plants or any other items can contact Marjane at 925-5764. The rental fee for booths has been reduced by 50 percent to give all vendors a chance to be part of the event.

Entry fee is $5 for adults and $3 for children (5-12year) and all money raised will go toward rebuilding the agricultural sector.

Although there will be no special transport to and from town, plenty parking will be available at the agricultural ground in Lower Valley, until the event concludes at 5pm.