Big winners at Ag show

Spot cash, a home makeover and an overseas vacation were some of the rewards of attending last month’s Agricultural Show.

The annual event attracted some 110 vendors and exhibitors, who catered to over 8500 guests. The day has been crowned a big success by both the Cayman Islands Agriculture Society and also by the top prize winners.

Nine-year-old Hannah Wood won the $20,000 gate prize. Her golden ticket was a gift from her grandmother, Betty Wood, who purchased show tickets for all her grandchildren.

‘The prize money has been put into an education trust for me and my sister Taylor,’ explained a delighted Hannah.

Second-prize winner Gaynel Challenger is similarly excited. Her gift certificate was donated by AL Thompson’s Home Depot.

Teenager Kiah Estwick won the third prize of a five-night holiday stay for two at Escape Villas in Jamaica. This prize was donated by the resort.

Another long-time supporter, Ellen Eden, won the top ticket-seller’s award, but donated her $500 prize winnings to the Bodden Town Heritage Committee towards preparations for their coming May Day Fete.

CIAS president James Sherieff congratulated all the winners and supporters.

‘I thank the co-sponsors AL Thompson’s and Escape Villas Jamaica, and also the local people who are keeping our traditions of farming and ornamental beautification alive – and of course the farmers and ranchers for their stalwart year-round efforts,’ he said.

The Cayman Islands Agricultural Society was formed four decades ago by a group of individuals with an interest shaping the future of agriculture in the Cayman Islands.