Little Cayman getting ready for Agriculture show

Gates open at 9 a.m. for the all-day affair.

Youngsters take part in the 2015 Lego building contest.

Organizers are all set for a celebration of Little Cayman’s cultural and agricultural heritage this weekend.

A host of interesting and family friendly activities are slated for the Little Cayman Agricultural Show, taking place on Saturday, March 19, at the Blossom Village community park.
Gates open at 9 a.m. for the all-day affair.

“During Pirates Week, we don’t put on a Heritage Day, so this event is not just our agricultural show but also our culture day as well,” explained fair coordinator Debbi Truchan, noting Little Cayman’s uniqueness lends to the incorporation of some special aspects to the show.

“Here in Little Cayman, we don’t have cows and horses or any of the other traditional farm animals to put on display,” she said. “But we make up for that with a dog show, which is extremely popular.”

Ms. Truchan also noted that demonstrations and displays are the centerpiece of the show.

“This year, we have demonstrations on container gardening, conch cleaning, splicing rope, and catching a fish,” said Ms. Truchan.

“We will also giving baking demonstrations, for example, making fresh coconut ginger drop cookies,” she added.

Ms. Truchan will be putting on a hat fashion show of her creations made out of thatch and coconut mesh, complemented by jewelry.

The children from the Little Cayman Educational Services will be showing off their cupcake making skills, and making decorations for their baked goods using local edible sugared flowers from the rosemary, periwinkle and neem tree blooms.

“The kids get very excited about this activity and the cupcakes will be available for purchase afterward,” said Ms. Truchan.

Children will also be manning a drinks booth selling coconut water and lemonade, while food choices will include entrees like stewed conch and stewed turtle.

Robin Fite is ready to show off his produce.
Robin Fite is ready to show off his produce.

“We are doing a meal for the dignitaries which is going to be great, with conch, turtle, steamed fish, jerk chicken, breadfruit, plantain, coleslaw, heavy cake and homemade ice-cream,” said Ms. Truchan.

Entertainment is going to be open-mic style, with some notable performances anticipated from local amateurs keen to captivate the crowd.

“We will also have A-Way, a fairly new band on the scene, which has recently been earning a lot of praise performing,” said Ms. Truchan.

There will also be plenty of contests, including a baking contest, and plant, produce, jewelry, and arts and crafts competitions.

A coconut distance toss is one of the most popular events at the show, and commemorates the replanting of all of the island’s coconut trees after they were wiped out by a blight.

This year’s photography contest promises to be bigger and better than ever.

“This year, Cathy Church is sponsoring the show by covering the printing of all the entries, which is absolutely amazing,” said Ms. Truchan.

“We have over 50 entries, which are all going to be displayed at the show grounds.”

The show will also have a voter registration booth.

In anticipation of the interest in the event, Cayman Airways will be adding flights to Little Cayman, and the show grounds are within walking distance of the airport. The show grounds are also accessible by boat.

“It’s really exciting to see people arriving to the show via plane, boat, car and foot, it’s quite a spectacle,” said Ms. Truchan.

“The Little Cayman Agriculture Show is a true celebration of who we are, and is the one event that literally brings the whole community together in one place.”

Admission is $5.

For more information, contact Ms. Truchan at 925-6442.

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