Deputy Premier Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, the government minister responsible for agriculture, says she is delighted to support Little Cayman’s Second Annual Agriculture Show and residents are looking forward to the event, which will be held on Saturday, 24 March at the Museum Grounds.
Linton Tibbetts’ family has allowed his property to be used again for the hosting.
“We aim to create a great family day with much to do, learn and see. The show attracts, on average, several hundred visitors and brings together a celebration of local traditions, crafts, produce and entertainment,” she says.
Chairman of the Little Cayman Agriculture Show Debbie Truchan is working closely with the Chairman of the Brac Agriculture Show Mark Tibbetts, the Department of Agriculture and the ministry to ensure the show is a success.
The highlight of this year’s show will be the tractor rides and coconut toss, with different age groups. According to Debbie, the tractor rides will mark a bit of history. She said the first known vehicle in Little Cayman was said to be a tractor. With a 70-year old tractor that has been restored by Sonny Johnson, the committee thought it would be a nice feature to add to the show.
In addition, last year’s popular dog show will return and residents will again have a chance to enter their pets in various categories, including best trick and best dressed.
“Little Cayman residents are committed to a sustainable lifestyle. Most residents grow something – mangoes, pumpkins, callaloo, peppers, tomatoes and all the resorts’ chefs have gardens. This is what this show is all about,” Debbie says.
Last year, the Little Cayman Agriculture Show attracted 19 vendors, which displayed a little bit of everything – arts, crafts, jams and jellies and she notes that the organisers were expecting a similar turnout this year. There will be a variety of foods on sale including local specialties, barbecue and jerked chicken. The Little Cayman Education Services will provide lemonade and coconut water.
Support the show
The deputy premier says she is encouraging Cayman Brac and Grand Cayman residents to support the Little Cayman show.
“The show offers the usual extravaganza of colour, competition and showmanship along with displays, and is a great opportunity for social interaction in a close-knit community,” she says. “The good thing about agriculture in Little Cayman is that just about everyone does their part. They understand the importance of backyard farming and rely on each other, with neighbourly support.”