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New Features for the Ag Show

Local produce displayed at the Agricultural Show.

If you're looking for a great cultural experience - one that offers sumptuous local food, family-oriented entertainment, arts and crafts displays, and local produce - then the 42nd Annual Agriculture Show, scheduled for this Wednesday, 25 February, is the place to be.

From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Ash Wednesday, the Stacey Watler Pavilion in Lower Valley will again be transformed to host Cayman's largest cultural event.

"I'm proud to be part of this annual showcase of the best of Cayman's farmers, plant nurseries, backyard gardeners, and traditional artisans," Minister for Agriculture, the Hon. Kurt Tibbetts, JP, commented.

"Not only is it an opportunity for camaraderie, but it's also a chance for families to spend wholesome time together while learning a few gardening tips, and enjoying some of the more traditional aspects of our Islands."

Other activities, such as a thanksgiving church service and Chamber Business after Hours (BAH), have also been scheduled surrounding the show.

The church service is planned for 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, 22 February, at Red Bay Holiness Church of God. The BAH, hosted by Minister Tibbetts, will take place at 6:00p.m. on Tuesday, 24 February, the eve of the show.

Come Wednesday, event organisers - from both the Ministry and the Department of Agriculture, and the Cayman Islands Agricultural Society (CIAS) - encourage everyone to participate in the numerous activities planned for the show. And although ample parking is provided, residents are urged to carpool when travelling to the event.

Show attendees can look forward to the ever-popular Department of Agriculture (DoA) plant sale; beautiful baby, and tug-of-war, competitions; an old-time fashion show; equestrian performances; and a talent show and gospel concert.

Just for the little ones, a special Buttonwood maze, complete with a thatch-roofed playhouse, has also been added, courtesy of the Dart Foundation.

With the focus on backyard and patio gardening this year, attendees can get insightful tips from the DoA, Garden Club, and National Trust on topics such as grow boxes, grafting, and the beneficial properties of traditional teas.

Other interactive seminars will be presented by the Orchid Society, Health Services Authority, and the Cayman National Cultural Foundation. These will be held under the pavilion, which has been rearranged this year to offer an additional rest area for residents.

Persons interested in entering an exhibit for a booth are reminded to deliver their completed entries to the Stacey Watler Pavilion between 6:00 p.m. and midnight on Monday, 23 February. No entries will be accepted after that deadline.

General admission tickets to the event are CI$10 for adults, and $5 for children from 2-12 years. Infants enter free. Raffle tickets, which offer attendees a chance to win CI$20,000; a yard package from AL Thompson; or a getaway for two to Escape Villas in Jamaica, are CI$25. Ticket proceeds will be added to the Agricultural Society's scholarship fund.

For further information contact: Kenisha Morgan