The Agriculture Show returns to The Grounds in Lower Valley on Ash Wednesday, with this year being extra special as the show celebrates its 50th Anniversary.
The event is always extremely popular and last year pulled in approximately 8,500 people, with similar numbers expected this year.
In keeping with anniversary celebrations, the show is bringing back past favorites, such as the Ms. Farm Queen Competition and featuring old thyme skits.
Favorite annual attractions at the show are the livestock display and the petting zoo – much loved by children and adults. Other entertainment includes a kickboxing exhibition and competition, tumbling on the big stage, a hat fashion show and Roscoe the Mechanical Bull.
The nursery sales section of the show is always popular, and this year will be no different, with green thumbs encouraged to arrive early before the best picks are gone.
Numerous booths and exhibitions in the pavilion give attendees the chance to meet local farmers and food enthusiasts. Foodies will flock to these, as well as the cooking and carving competition. An array of booths will be at hand, serving up a selection of local foods, fish fry, hot dogs, hamburgers, sno-cones and ice-cream.
The Sister Islands will also not be left out, as Cayman Brac will host its own show on March 25, and Little Cayman on April 29.
For the kids
Children can look forward to a fun day out with face painting, balloon animals, a poultry and duck hatchery, and a honey bee demonstration in the children’s play area.
Compass and Flava Booths
Stop by the Cayman Compass booth to pick up your free newspaper, and the Flava booth, where issues of the latest Flava magazine and the free recipe book will be given out. You can buy your local ingredients while you’re at the show, then go home and try your hand at a new recipe!
Parking and tickets
There are six parking lots along Agricola Drive, Daniel Drive and Armstrong Drive, and beside and behind the Agricultural Pavilion.
Entrance to the show is $10 for adults, $5 for children 2-11 years old, and free for children under 2 years old.
Tickets can be purchased at the gate or from Funky Tangs, Meringue Town or Ag Society members. Raffle tickets are also available, which include general admission, and a grand prize of $20,000. Pets are welcome, but must be kept on the leash or carried.