Little Cayman gears up for Agriculture Show

The animals, plants and food of Little Cayman will be on display at the island’s annual Agriculture Show in Blossom Village on Saturday.

Organizers say the show’s theme, “Come Grow with Us,” highlights the government’s policy of encouraging backyard farming throughout the Sister Island.

Debbi Truchan, who is organizing the show, said, “One thing that is always exciting about the day is the dog show. We do not have a lot of animals on the island – just one goat, a rabbit and chickens – so to have them showcased is very exciting.”

In addition to the sale of plants from the Department of Agriculture, there will be the popular coconut toss competition and a cake cook-off competition – which must feature coconut in the recipe – a dog show and quadrille dancers. A new feature, Lego building, has been added to the show for children. The Cayman Islands Agriculture Department will also highlight a poster display of pests affecting crops and care and cultivation of fruit trees on the island.

“It is always amazing each year to see what people bring out and what the farmers produce. I do not know of any other cultural event held on island that draws as much people as the Agriculture Show,” Ms. Truchan said.

She added, “Before we started the Agriculture Show, we did not really have that much box farmers – now all of the resorts are growing their own herbs, tomatoes and peppers. Even the only three students on island, attending Government’s Little Cayman Education Centre, are participating and creating new things, not just for the Agriculture Show, but other events.”

The opening ceremony is at 10 a.m. on Saturday and the show officially closes at 4 p.m. General admission to the show is $5 for adults, or $10 including a raffle ticket. Tickets for children ages 4 to 10 are $3. The raffle’s top prize is $1,000 donated by the Tibbetts Family Foundation.

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