Today’s Editorial February 05: Take time for Ag Show

Want to get a true taste of Cayman?

Then make the trek tomorrow to the Cayman Islands Agricultural Show.

Farmers throughout Grand Cayman are busy today and tonight getting cattle, goats, chickens, rabbits, horses and all manner of livestock to the Stacy Watler Agricultural Pavilion in Lower Valley.

Ash Wednesday comes early this year, so those who go to the show should be treated to fresh breezes and cool air.

The annual show is just as much about our culture and heritage as it is about agriculture.

Those who have been taking advantage of Market on the Grounds each Saturday will see an expansion of that as farmers and vendors peddle their wares and food at the Ag Show.

Visitors will find yams, callaloo, plantain, okra, peppers, bananas and more.

If history repeats itself there will also be conch, fish and fritters, turtle stew as well as fried chicken, hamburgers and hot dogs on offer.

A quick lesson about our heritage will be available as craftsmen weave thatch and demonstrate the old ways of doing things.

Bands will provide entertainment from two stages and this year the Jesse White Tumbling Team will show off its athletic prowess.

Babies take centre stage again this year during a baby show and the day will fittingly end with a gospel show.

For the first time a fireworks display is planned at the Ag Show. It should be a lovely sight, but we hope the animals don’t get too skittish during the display.

The annual show is one of the best attended events on Grand Cayman.

So if you go, you’ll probably want to get there early.

The gates will open at 7am.

Parking is always a challenge for those going to the Ag Show. Just take a dose of patience and niceness with you and follow the instructions of the folks directing you where to park.

Cayman Brac gets to partake in the fun Saturday and Sunday when the Ag Show heads to the Sister Islands.

If you’ve never been to a Cayman Islands Ag Show, make sure you go. You’ll be glad you did.