New features at ag show

The Agricultural Show on Ash Wednesday is the largest one day event on the national calendar, according to government sources.

Kenneth Billings

Frank Sound area crop farmer, Kenneth Billings, stands next to an impressive 45lb Cayman white yam. Mr. Billings is one of the farmers selling produce at the Marketplace during the 40th Agriculture Show on Ash Wednesday, 21 February.
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The show celebrating its 40th anniversary will showcase a wide array of new entertainment, displays, competitions, things to do and see local foods to try and items to buy.

In addition to the ever-popular plant sales featuring a variety of local nurseries and the Department of Agriculture’s nursery, a brand new feature this year will be the Marketplace.

In the tradition of a farmers market it will be a specifically designated area of the show grounds where farmers will sell their homegrown produce.

With over 10 farmers already committed, visitors will be able to find and purchase a wide variety of quality fresh local produce, including peppers, pumpkins, bananas, yams, plantains, callaloo and a whole lot more. Visitors are advised to go early to buy the freshest produce.

Also new this year is the addition of several gospel acts to the already large and varied entertainment line up.

To accommodate this new feature, the show hours have been extended with the grounds staying open until 7pm. If this new initiative proves popular, organisers are looking to a possible future where the day’s activities would culminate with a full fledged evening gospel concert.

With all of the food stalls already booked the Agriculture Show features the largest variety of traditional Caymanian delicacies available in one place at anytime.

With food vendors from East End to West Bay and everywhere in-between, offering turtle, conch, seafood, beef, jerk and other island favourites visitors are likely to go home full and satisfied.

The Lions Club of Grand Cayman has cooked up a new partnership with the Agricultural Society to run the main kitchen. Sponsored by Cayman Imports, the kitchen offers delicacies such as fish and fritters, fried chicken, burgers, hot dogs and fries. All the proceeds will help finance the work of the Lions’ Club and the Agricultural Society.

Between eating and shopping remember to leave time to visit all of the livestock, produce and craft displays; watch the show jumping and other equestrian events; see the baby show and old time fashion parade; visit the hall of fame and of course sit down, relax and catch up with friends.

On Ash Wednesday it’s the Agricultural Show, a Caymanian tradition and the place to be on 21 February.

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