Let’s all go to the Ag Show!

Judges hand out ribbons for the best entrants in each category.

The 49th Annual Agriculture Show will be held at The Grounds in Lower Valley on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, so mark your calendars for an entertaining and delicious day out.

There will be lots to keep everyone busy, with competitions, rides, music and the farmers market for which the Ag Show is famous.

Whether you’re looking to stock your refrigerator full of fresh goodies, or get the kids out into the open and back to nature while learning all about Caymanian culture, the Ag Show is for you.

New to the show

Those who have attended in the past will be interested to learn that there are many new items on the agenda this year. Artists can show off their skills in the fruit and vegetable carving competition, and future runway models will take to the stage to model stylish hats in the fashion show portion of the day.

Dancing demonstrations will get everyone’s toes tapping, and fans of carnival games can try their luck at the various booths.

Attendees check out the local produce.
Attendees check out the local produce.

Returning favorites

The cooking competition has always been a highlight of the Ag Show, so you know it will be back again this year with bells on. Attendees can browse the livestock and district displays, check out the exhibits and get a good viewing spot for the arena and rodeo activities.

One of the things the show really prides itself on is its range of activities for the younger generation. Kids love the interactive play area, petting zoo and pony rides. Parents should make sure they bring their cameras along to get some nice photos. It doesn’t get much cuter than a child on a pony.

Agricultural-Show-175History of the show

According to Charles Lindberg Eden, lifetime member of the Cayman Islands Agricultural Society, the first Ag Show came about thanks to the pioneering efforts of Ulric McNamee from Jamaica and a small group of Caymanians.

After a small delegation went to the Jamaica Agricultural Show, they came back with the idea of creating one in Cayman. It took a few years, but they finally made it happen.

The first one was held in the then school grounds behind the George Town Library. Since then, it has moved to Walkers Road and the Smith Road Oval area before finding its permanent home in Lower Valley.

Raffle Tickets are $25 and include general admission to the Ag Show. General admission is $10.

The raffle grand prize is $20,000 with a first prize appliance package, compliments of A. L. Thompson’s; a second prize of tickets for two to New York, compliments of Cayman Airways; and a third prize of an iPhone 6, compliments of FLOW.

Purchase your tickets from Funky Tangs, Meringue Town and society members, or at the gate.

Gates open at 7:30 a.m. General admission is $10. Children ages 2 to 11 are $5.
Under 2 years old are free.