Thousands expected at annual Agriculture Show

Each year, on Ash Wednesday, thousands of residents of Grand Cayman make their annual trek to Lower Valley to attend the Agriculture Show. 

Organizers say they expect at least 10,000 people to pass through the gates of The Grounds this year for the 48th annual Agriculture Show. 

This year’s show will feature a wide plethora of offerings in the form of local food, family-oriented entertainment, a rodeo show, livestock farmers showcasing their prized animals, cooking competitions, pony rides, arts and crafts displays, local produce, plant sales and live music. 

The event takes place at the Stacey Watler Pavilion in Lower Valley, Bodden Town.  

Planning Minister Kurt Tibbetts, who is responsible for agriculture in the islands, often stresses the importance of getting younger Caymanians involved in agriculture and of Cayman “being able to grow our own stuff.”  

Traffic arrangements 

To accommodate the heavy influx of people to the area, shuttle buses will be available every 15 minutes to transport those who have parked their cars at designated parking areas on Agricola Drive and Lottery Road. 

Police on Tuesday issued information on the traffic arrangements that will be in place from 6 a.m., an hour and a half before the show officially opens but from when many arrive to snap up plants on sale. 

According to police, two entrances into the grounds will be used – Agricola Drive for westbound traffic and Lottery Road for eastbound traffic. 

Police advise that eastbound traffic will fall into two lanes, starting near Domino’s Pizza in Savannah. Traffic continuing into Central Bodden Town will stay in the far left lane. Visitors to the grounds will stay in the center lane and turn right on Lottery Road. 

Westbound traffic traveling into the grounds will stay in the left lane on and turn left on Agricola Drive. Traffic continuing into George Town will take a center lane. 

Uniform officers will be on hand to assist the motoring public, and road signs and cones will also be in place, police said.  

“RCIPS anticipate heavy traffic during peak times and motorists are asked to plan their journeys with sufficient time to avoid delays,” said Police Superintendent Adrian Seales. 

During the show, local artists and artisans will also demonstrate their crafts and prizes will be awarded for the best arts and crafts exhibitors.  

There will also be plenty of competitions and demonstrations for members of the public, including a youth cook-off, an equestrian show and rodeo, and district demonstrations. 

Again this year, one lucky winner will win $20,000 in cash as a raffle prize. Raffle tickets cost $25 each. 

The entrance fee of $10 adults and $5 for children.