The Sister Islands’ fifth annual Agriculture Show kicked off at 8am on Saturday, 24 February with a traditional Caymanian breakfast by Aunt Sha’s. The meal consisted of liver and onions, ackee and saltfish, along with bacon and eggs.
The official opening by the Governor, Mr. Stuart Jack, and Leader of Government Business Mr. Kurt Tibbetts began at 10am and included a parade by the Cayman Brac School/Police Marching Band.
Located on the new Agriculture Grounds off Songbird Road on the Bluff the place shined. The hard work of the Public Works Department, Government, and interested locals was evident.
Under clusters of shade trees and a steady south wind, a host of sights, sounds, smells, and colors made the environment stunning. Beautiful booths decorated in Cayman heritage fashion filled with traditional foods like fish & fritters, stew conch, welks, and turtle stew lined the grounds.
Craft booths from West End Primary School and Creek & Spot Bay Primary School were nestled among the grounds and displayed arts and crafts from many youngsters with talent.
Members of the Brac and Little Cayman Red Cross were on hand with ice cold water and demonstrations of resuscitation methods. Local artists like Conroy Ebanks displayed their work as tourists, locals, and officials marvelled at the talents.
Hundreds of people from the Brac and Grand Cayman were eating, listening to music and giving hugs to friends and family whom they haven’t seen in quite a while. Smiles were on all the faces and the children feasted on an array of things to do from checking out the livestock, eating ice cream cones, to jumping in the bouncing castle. Water squirt guns seemed to be the fun way to cool down for the youngsters.
The stage was set for entertainment as many relaxed under the tents to enjoy locals, Andy Martin, and De Government Band.
Demonstrations by HM customs K-9 Unit, Fire Department and Police Department awed onlookers as they showed us all how we are protected by their skills and training. Special visiting band from Grand Cayman ‘Gone Country’ played familiar tunes wherein all ages knew the words. With feet tapping, hands clapping and dancers enjoying classic country music performed in a classic country style.
Awards were given out to the participants for the hard work, skills, and achievements of the Sister Islands were recognised by all.