Agriculture show draws big crowds

Fine weather and a strong turnout made for an action-packed and successful Brac Agriculture show last weekend.

More than 1,300 people passed through the gates on Saturday, Feb. 27, including a number of cruise ship passengers taking advantage of a special excursion.

There was something for everyone and fun for the whole family at the popular cultural event, now in its 13th year. Visitors took in a showcase of local produce and mouth-watering dishes, alongside animal displays, exhibits, sales booths, competitions, a cake walk game, and demonstrations by customs, police, schools and health and fire services.

The day also featured live entertainment from three bands, a host of awards and presentations and a grand prize draw of US$2,000, which was won by Susan Walton.

Chevala Burke, District Administration marketing and communications manager, said the day kicked off with a traditional Caymanian breakfast and official opening ceremonies this year featuring a special guest, a calf named Foxy.

“This year, we also had a special segment recognizing the Sister Islands Heroes Day honorees in farming, who had a chance to be recognized by Premier Alden McLaughlin, Deputy Premier Moses Kirkconnell and Agriculture Minister Kurt Tibbetts,” said Ms. Burke. “It was very nice, particularly for those who were not able to make it over to Grand Cayman for the Heroes Day ceremony held earlier this year.”

Festival Queen Haylie Tibbetts made an appearance, as did the Lions Club of Cayman Brac Little Miss and Little Master winners.

This year’s Agriculture King was Dwayne McFarlane, who entered his livestock, while Theresa Mena was crowned Agriculture Queen for her numerous entries in animal, produce, pies and preserves categories.

Young farmers were honored at the event, with primary school students Ronaldhino Vassel and Alana Knight awarded Agriculture Prince and Princess, respectively, in recognition of their involvement in grow box projects. Christiano Ritch was awarded the Little Prince honor while Antioneil McDonald was the Little Princess winner, both also for their grow box efforts.