Big Ag show planned

Organisers of this year’s Agricultural Show say the event will be the most family friendly and entertaining show ever.

Ag show

This years ag show is packed with displays, competitions, entertainment and family fun. Photo: File

Wednesday’s 41st Agricultural Show, to be held at the Stacey Watler Agricultural Pavilion in Lower Valley, will be the centrepiece of a week of agricultural events.

The show will be preceded by a Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event at the pavilion from 6pm tonight. Organisers will be presenting plans for a new agricultural complex at the pavilion as well as promoting agriculture to Cayman’s business community.

Speaking at a Cabinet press briefing Thursday, Leader of Government Business Kurt Tibbetts explained what visitors to Wednesday’s Agricultural Show can expect.

‘There is something for everyone at the Agricultural Show: from prize winning produce and craft displays to our Market at the Grounds, featuring the best from Cayman’s farmers and artisans,’ he said.

‘Throughout the day you’ll be entertained by music, dance and fashions shows and equestrian events.’

For children, there will be educational activities, plenty of games, as well as the opportunity to get up close and personal with a range of animals, Mr. Tibbetts explained.

Entertainment during the day will be spread across two stages and will include a special performance from the internationally know Jesse White Tumbling Team, a group of young athletes from the US who frequently perform half time shows at NBA, NFL and MLB games.

Other highlights will include a baby show, educational displays and district stalls. The day will culminate in a gospel show and, for the first time, a fireworks display.

‘The Agricultural Show is about sharing old time traditions with the entire family in a day of down home fun, fellowship and, most importantly, food,’ Mr. Tibbetts said. ‘From cotton candy and snow cones to local delicacies such as stewed turtle and cassava cake, your taste buds are sure to be tantalised.’

Wednesday’s event will be followed on Thursday with two agricultural workshops at the Savannah United Church Hall.

The first, from 9am, is on post-harvest handling of tropical produce with special emphasis on the importance of market intelligence. It will be presented by Kathleen Margo Forde of Antigua’s Central Marketing Corporation.

The second seminar, from 11am, aims to help pig farmers increase productivity through improved management with a special emphasis on artificial insemination.

The week of agriculture winds up on the Brac this weekend with the Sister Islands Agricultural Show, which will run over Saturday and Sunday. The Agricultural Show will take place on the Bluff on Saturday from 8am to 6pm, while a morning workshop and gospel concert will follow on Sunday from 10am.

The week of events is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Agriculture, the Department of Agriculture, the Cayman Islands Agricultural Society and the Sister Islands Agricultural Committee. For more information, phone the DoA on 947-3090.