Today’s Editorial February 20: Ag show is tomorrow

It may be hard for our neighbours to the north to realize that spring and Easter are just around the corner.

They’re being blasted with cold air while we enjoy favourable sea breezes.

We know Easter will soon come because of a favoured yearly event on Ash Wednesday – the Cayman Islands Agricultural Show.

This is the 40th production of the show and promises to be one of the best ever.

This annual show is just as much about our culture and heritage as our agricultural prowess.

On offer will be a wide array of entertainment, displays, competitions, things to do and see, local food items to taste and plants and crafts to buy.

A new addition this year will be the market place where farmers can peddle their own produce to fairgoers.

Already more than 10 farmers have committed to offering their homegrown goodies including pumpkin, peppers, bananas, plantain, callaloo, yams and more.

Our advice: Get their early to make sure you don’t miss out on the fresh produce.

Not sure what to do for lunch?

Visit one of the many food vendors at the fair. They’ll be offering up stewed beef, turtle, conch, lobster and more. Eat on the grounds or get it to go.

Looking for something a little less traditional? Find the Lions Club of Grand Cayman’s main kitchen site where fish and fritters, fried chicken, hot dogs and hamburgers will be available. The money you use to buy your meal there will help finance the work of the Lions Club and the Agricultural Society.

In addition to eating and shopping there will be lots to see.

Check out the livestock stalls and take in the equestrian jumping show. There will be a baby show and an old-time fashion parade.

The best thing about the annual Agricultural Show is the chance to catch up on all the news from friends all across the island.

So, strap on your best walking shoes and head out to Lower Valley tomorrow morning.

The gates open early and remain open until 7pm to give everyone a chance to take in all the sights, sounds and smells of a good old fashioned agricultural show.

Remember that as the popularity of the show grows, parking will always be a challenge. You can help out by carpooling.

According to the website at www.caycompass.com, the weatherWednesday should be perfect for an ag show.

Go and have a good time.

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