One of the most anticipated annual events on-island, the Agricultural Show, returns this month for its 51st year, taking place on Feb. 14 with gates opening at 7:30 a.m. As usual, the show will be a day out for the whole family, providing a wonderful setting for attendees to interact with local farmers and artisans.
Agriculture Society President George Smith said that the show is “the largest one-day family event, with wholesome activities, held in the Cayman Islands and shows a commitment to sustainable agriculture in a changing world.”
At this year’s show, the ever-popular plant sale will begin as the gates open, and the opening ceremony, hosted by the Minister of Agriculture Hon. Julianna O’Connor-Connolly, the President of the Agricultural Society George Smith and the Director of Agriculture Adrian Estwick, will take place in the Arena at 10 a.m.
Throughout the day, visitors can enjoy Miss. Agriculture Queen and Miss. Agriculture Princess contests, a beautiful baby contest, henna and face painting, ‘old tyme’ Caymanian children’s games, carnival games, an Agro Industrial area, Dept. of Agriculture interactive tent, children’s play area, general merchandise vendors, concession stands and Roscoe the mechanical bull. Local entertainers will be performing through the day.
Under the Pavilion there will be heritage displays and booths including The Water Authority, The Health Services Authority, The Red Cross, the Cayman Islands National Weather Service, and Hazard Management.
Animal lovers and livestock enthusiasts can delight at pony rides, goat milking, a petting zoo and livestock exhibits. Farmers will also walk their goats for an up close and personal interactive experience.
For foodies there will be a variety of local food and drink, a hot wing eating competition, cake icing and sugar demonstrations by the UCCI School of Hospitality, and a Youth Culinary Competition.
President Smith encourages the public to attend the show, both for their own enjoyment and as a show of support for the agriculture industry, and also encourages people to eat local to support the industry.
“By supporting the agriculture sector, you are helping the Islands become more self-sustainable in terms of food,” says Smith. “Prosperous farmers means more employment, more prosperity for the workers and the businessmen of every industrial area. Without the support, there will be less food on-island at any given time.”
General Admission tickets are $10 for adults 12 and over, Children 2-11 are $5 and infants are free. Cash/Credit/Debit Cards/Raffle Tickets/Online tickets are accepted at the gates. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting caymanaisle.com.
Raffle tickets, which allow free entrance to the show, can be purchased at Funky Tangs, Meringue Town, Fosters Strand/Airport/Savannah, and every Friday and Saturday at Cost-U-Less. Tickets cost $25 and the Grand Prize is $20,000.
More information on tickets and competition registration can be found on the Cayman Agriculture Facebook page.