New twists at Agriculture Show

The 44th annual Agricultural Show will have a couple of new twists when it takes place on Ash Wednesday, 9 March.

Deputy Premier and Minister of Agriculture Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, along with Cayman Islands Agricultural Society President Errol Watler spoke about the upcoming show at the Market at the Grounds on Saturday, 19 February.

“It will be a bigger and better show,” said Mr. Watler. “There are some new things added this year.”

The new additions include interactive areas with farmers and schools, he said.

The show is a collaborative effort of the Ministry of Agriculture, the Department of Agriculture and the Agricultural Society.

“We all work together to bring the show to you,” he said.

Ms O’Connor-Connolly said agriculture has the ability to bring people together across all cultures and socioeconomic sectors.

“Agriculture has that unique ability of being able to join hearts and minds together for a common purpose,” she said.

The minister said the continuing development of agriculture in the Cayman Islands could help feed the people more wholesome foods.

“Agriculture has the potential, the magnetism, to draw us back to the garden and inspire us to eat wholesomely, to grow what we eat and eat what we grow,” she said.

Department of Agriculture Assistant Director Brian Crichlow said the Agricultural Show is the “biggest single one-day event hosted in the Cayman Islands” and that the theme of this year’s show is Feed a Nation.

Mr. Watler said the price of entry to the Agricultural Show is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12, and free for infants, but those who buy a raffle ticket for $25 get free entry to the show and have the chance to win one of eight prizes, including the $20,000 first prize.

For more information about the Agricultural Show, contact the Agricultural Society at 947-3696 or at [email protected]

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Minister of Agriculture Juliana O’Connor-Connolly chats with Joe Jackman, left, and Kirkland Nixon at the Market at the Grounds on Saturday after speaking during the ‘soft launch’ of the 44th annual Agriculture Show.
Photo: Alan Markoff