It’s showtime for Cayman agriculture

There is always an array of fresh fruit and vegetables on display at the Agriculture Show.

The 49th Annual Agriculture Show will kick off early Wednesday morning at the Stacy Watler Agriculture Pavilion in Lower Valley.

Gates open at 7:30 a.m. and the opening ceremony begins at 9 a.m. From the moment the cow bell rings declaring the start of the show, the day will be packed with performances, competitions, livestock displays, exhibitions, food, arts and crafts and more.

Horsemanship displays are set to start at 11 a.m., and rodeo activities will run after lunch with barrel racing and pole bending. Those who want to get in on the rodeo action can take a ride on the mechanical bull.

The rodeo is always a draw at the Agriculture Show.
The rodeo is always a draw at the Agriculture Show.

There are plenty of activities for youngsters too. Kids can enjoy storytelling at 12:30 p.m., a sack race at 3 p.m., and a play area and petting zoo all day long.

New to the show this year will be carnival games, fashion shows, dancing demonstrations and a fruit and vegetable carving competition.

Food stalls at the show will feature a large variety of traditional Caymanian delicacies with vendors from all around the island offering turtle, conch, seafood, beef, jerk and other favorites.

The Marketplace will also be set up, where farmers will sell their fresh, local produce. Bring a basket and stock up on peppers, pumpkins, bananas, yams, plantains, callaloo and more.

The agro-industrial area has expanded this year, with merchants selling power tools, gardening pots, fruit trees, ornamentals and soil.

Raffle tickets are on sale for $25, which also covers the cost of entry to the show, and prizes include $20,000, an appliance package, tickets for two to New York and an iPhone 6.

General admission to the show is $10; price for children ages 2 to 11 is $5; and children under 2 get in for free.

Caymanians and status holders who want to register to vote can do so at the show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Status holders need to bring along a birth certificate, Caymanian status certificate, and a passport or driver’s license.

Those who were born in Cayman, and have Caymanian parents or grandparents, should bring their birth certificate, the birth certificate of a parent or grandparent who was born in the Cayman Islands, and a passport or driver’s license.

There will be an expanded parking area to help with traffic, but an increase in traffic is expected on Shamrock Road around the event in Lower Valley between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Police will be on hand to direct traffic.