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

Whether you are 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 is a slew of 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.

Returning favorites

The cooking competition has always been a highlight of the Ag Show, so you know it’ll 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 on which the show really prides itself 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.

History 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 delegate went to Jamaica to the Agricultural Show there, they came back with the idea of creating one in Cayman. It took a few years, but finally they 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 allow general admission to the Ag Show.

General admission is $10.

The 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 Rembley Reid, Audley Williams, Funky Tangs, Meringue Town and society members

Gates open at 7:30 a.m. Children ages 2 to 11 are $5. Under 2 years old are free. Expanded parking.