Agriculture Show a long-running favorite

The Agriculture Show, one of Cayman’s largest community events, takes place this year on Feb. 18. 

Now in its 48th year, the show at the Grounds at Lower Valley promotes farmers and artisans while showcasing many other aspects of Caymanian culture with entertainment, food and competitions. 

It is a great way for children and adults to enjoy the mid-week holiday, as the event falls on Ash Wednesday.  

Farmers will exhibit their livestock and produce, and the event is also the ideal spot to sample a range of local delicacies.  

There will be a number of competitions and demonstrations, including a youth cook-off, an equestrian show and rodeo, and district demonstrations, in addition to entertainment by several of Cayman’s local musicians. 

The Baby Show is one of the highlights of the event, with more than 30 children typically entered each year. The show is open to children up to four years old. 

Attendees also have the chance to win a $20,000 cash prize. Raffle tickets are $25 and include general admission. Alternatively, admission only is $10; and $5 for children. The raffle will be drawn at 6 p.m. Four other prizes are also up for grabs; a washer and dryer, an iPhone 6, Cayman Airways tickets and groceries. 

Kerry Forbes of the Cayman Islands Agricultural Society said a lot of money was spent last year on infrastructure to expand the show.  

“Brand new parking was put in, and the cooking area and food stalls expanded,” Forbes said.  

She added, “We are self-funded, so we cannot absorb so many things in one year, but there are lots of other things we are looking into, such as reinstating the Miss Farm Queen contest and healthy eating demonstrations, in the next two years.” 

Gates open at 7:30 a.m., and the show closes at 6 p.m. 

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Vendors showcase Bodden Town district stall during last year’s event. -Photo: Jewel Levy

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Lots of local produce is always on display at the Agriculture Show. – Photo: Jewel Levy
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