Agriculture Show for everyone

Annual event on Ash Wednesday

Cayman Islands residents looking for ways to stretch their spending dollars can get loads of information and goodies at Ash Wednesday’s Agriculture Show.

This will be the 44th staging of the annual show.

“The Ministry continues to lend our support to both the Grand Cayman and the Cayman Brac agriculture shows because we believe in our farmers and we recognise that these shows provide a great forum for them to showcase and market their goods,” Minister of Agriculture Juliana O’Connor-Connolly said.

This year’s activities include traditional art demonstrations, cultural exhibits, traditional tea tasting and a scavenger hunt.

There will also be activities to introduce residents to life on the farm.

“We will have a cow milking demonstration, chicken hatchling demonstration and discussion on the work of the Caymanian farmer,” Cayman Islands Agriculture Society President Errol Watler said. “A returning feature this year is the school’s interactive tent which gives children the opportunity to showcase their art, crafts, essays and poems focused on agriculture and the environment.”

Other show favourites include the Beautiful Baby Contest, the YMS drill and equestrian activities.

Entertainment includes a gospel concert, the Cayman Islands Marching Band, dance demonstrations and a number of bands.

The popular $20,000 grand prize raffle is also back. People may pre-purchase their raffle tickets at Funky Tangs or purchase at the gate on the day of the show. Raffle tickets cost $25 and allow a patron to enter the show grounds without paying the $10 entry fee.

“We are expecting to have an exciting show with activities for the entire family and we ask everyone to come and be a part of it,” said Mr. Watler.

Director of the Department of Agriculture Adrian Estwick said he is proud of the support the department continues to give to the show and the farmers of the Cayman Islands.

“This collaborative process involving the ministry, the department, the farmers, and the Society is what continues to keep the show growing from strength to strength,” Mr. Estwick said.