Little Cayman’s Agricultural Show is scheduled for 23 March at the Little Cayman Museum and Marine Museum Grounds.
The show’s theme, “Come Grow with Us”, will highlights the government’s policy of encouraging backyard farming throughout Grand Cayman and the Sister Islands, Cayman Islands Premier Juliana O’Connor-Connolly said.
“Little Cayman is a small community and is therefore an ideal place to test the sustainability of the ‘grow what you eat and eat what you grow’ concept,” the premier said. “I am pleased that Little Cayman residents take the sustainability approach seriously and the fact that they share with each other is great and a fantastic way of living.
“The agriculture shows are great for families, because they provide so much to do, learn and see,” she added. “The shows bring together a celebration of local traditions, crafts, produce and entertainment.”
In addition to the sale of plants from the Department of Agriculture, there will be the popular coconut toss competition, a dog show and tractor rides. New features have been added to the show, including the horseshoe pitch and a quadrille dance team from the Central Caribbean Marine Institute. Localz Band and the Little Cayman Baptist Church Choir will also be providing musical entertainment.
Representatives from the local fire department, health services and police departments will also be providing demonstrations throughout the day.
Show organiser Debbi Truchan is encouraging all residents to enter their items for judging the day before the show, between 3 and 6pm by bringing the pieces they would like to exhibit to the Show Grounds.
“We have a growing population of home and container gardeners on island and we hope to see their crops and planters out on display,” Ms Truchan said. “With that in mind, I hope to see an increase in attendance at the event and exhibitions.
“Little Cayman is well known for its chefs and bakers as well as photographers,” she added. “We know the judges love the cake competition; it will be a combination of taste and decoration with first prize of $100, second $60 and third $40. After the judging, the public will be able to taste the entries.”
The opening ceremony is at 10am on Saturday, 23 March and the show officially closes at 4pm. The entrance to the show grounds has been changed this year to Blossom Village Drive, rather than Guy Banks Road as has been the case for the two previous years.
General admission to the show is $5 for adults or $2 children ages 4 to 10 or $10, which includes a raffle ticket. The raffle’s top prize is $1,000 donated by the Tibbetts Foundation.