Brac Agriculture show a success

The
delayed seventh annual Brac Agricultural show was held at the Agriculture Show
Grounds on the Bluff last Saturday.

Visitors
turned out in their droves from 8am until 5pm taking in all the sights and
sounds of the bustling show.  Dozens of
stalls were set up displaying and selling arts and crafts, produce, cakes, jams
and other foodstuffs.

The
show was postponed for a week because it fell on the same day as the funeral of
Captain Charles Kirkconnell.

Very
much a family event, souvenirs and household wares were on offer at the show, and
there were games and entertainment for the younger set.

As
well as viewing a wide range of fresh produce grown on the Brac, visitors and
judges admired the Island’s livestock, which included several breeds of
poultry, pigs and heifers.

Among
the dignitaries who attended the crowded all-day event were Acting Premier
Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, Governor Duncan Taylor and his family, Attorney
General Samuel Bulgin, Director of Agriculture Adrian Estwick, District
Administrator Ernie Scott, Cabinet member Mike Adam and People’s Progressive
Movement MLA Alden McLaughlin.

Representatives
from the Department of Environmental Health, the Office of the Complaints
Commissioner, the Department of Agriculture and the National Trust were among
the government departments and public bodies at the event.

General
health screening was also undertaken at the Health Services Authority’s booth.

The
Royal Cayman Islands Police Service and the Cayman Islands Fire Service gave
live demonstrations.

All-day
entertainment was provided by local and visiting artists such as the C-Level
Band, Cayman Brac High School Band, North Side Kitchen Band, Swanky Band, Cordell
Smith Gospel Band, Red Bay Gospel Band and La Femme Dance Group.

Chairman
of the Sister Islands Annual Agriculture Show Committee, Mark Tibbetts
said:  “This event truly received the
support of the community here in Cayman Brac and family and friends from Grand
Cayman did no less, as they travelled to the Brac in large numbers. 

“The
event was attended by over 1,200 persons… and the committee looks forward to no
less support in 2011, as we continue to enhance agriculture within our lovely
Islands.”

Among
the changes made for this year’s show, Mr. Tibbetts, said was the “major enhancement
in entertainment and in the quantity and quality of display and competition
items”  

The
first prize of US$2,500 in the grand raffle was won by Churchill Bodden of Grand
Cayman.

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This youngster admires the beauty of these Caymanite statuettes.
Photo: Ed Beaty
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