Sign up for agriculture competitions

From produce and piglets to steers and straw work, residents are invited to submit their entries for the various competitions in the Agricultural Show on Ash Wednesday.

Marking its 41st anniversary this national event is hosted by the Cayman Islands Agricultural Society, in conjunction with the Ministry of District Administration, Planning, Agriculture & Housing and the Department of Agriculture and sponsored in part by Cable & Wireless. A showcase for local farmers, their animals and produce and the best in local handicraft; the Show takes place on the Ash Wednesday holiday – 6 February at the Agricultural Pavilion in Lower Valley.

The fun competitions, which cover a wide range of local products – from intricate quilting to hands of bananas – are open to all, not just farmers, and everyone from backyard gardeners to artisans are encouraged to enter and showcase their talents to the community. The top two finishers in each category will be rewarded with prizes.

In the popular baby competition, children from birth to three years old may be entered. They will be judged on their personalities and smiles, with the top three in each age category receiving prizes or gift certificates. Forms may be collected from and returned by Saturday, 2 February, to Ms Eziethamae Bodden, who can be contacted on 916-1559. There is no entrance fee, and all babies will receive certificates of participation.

Entries for all categories, except livestock, will be accepted at the Agricultural Pavilion in Lower Valley form 3.30 pm until midnight on Monday, 4 February. For more information about the different competition categories, entry requirements and entering livestock for competition, please contact the Department of Agriculture telephone 947-3090 or James Sherieffe, CIAS president on 916-7458.