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KINGSTON — A number of dignitaries from the region are expected in the island for the 59th staging of the Denbigh Agricultural & Industrial Show, which will be held this weekend at the Denbigh Showground in Clarendon.

Deputy Premier and Minister for District Administration, Works, Lands and Agriculture in the Cayman Island, Hon. Juliana O'Connor-Connolly; President of the Cayman Island Agricultural Society, Errol Watler along with other dignitaries from the Caribbean will be attending Saturday's (July 30) opening day.

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Robert Montague, will officially open the event at 2:30 p.m.

The three-day show, under the theme: 'Grow What We Eat, Eat What We Grow,' will showcase the best of agricultural production across the island.

First Vice President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), and Chairman of the Denbigh Planning Committee, Senator Norman Grant, speaking at a JIS Think Tank yesterday (July 26), said that each day will provide educational, information and entertainment packages that the entire family can enjoy.

He said that there will be demonstrations and displays, a Children's Village, Youth in Agriculture Village, car show, and nightly entertainment.

"Denbigh, this year will be an event where the entire family can come, and enjoy an exciting three days… there will be new features, the re-introduction of some features and the enhancement of others," he said.

A new feature of this year's show is the Denbigh Food Village, where patrons can sample the best of Jamaican food. Products made from ackee, plantain, yam, banana and cassava will be available for tasting on all three days.

"We are celebrating food…we are celebrating the best of Jamaican food', Senator Grant stated.  Main sponsors of the food village are Seprod Limited and GraceKennedy.

Saturday will be designated as "Youth in Agriculture" day, and will feature young people and farmers from across the island. According to Senator Grant, the day is aimed at allowing young people to showcase their skills in home economics, needle craft, food preparation, and many more.

The crowning of the National Farm Queen will also take place on Saturday and the judging of the parish pavilions.

Deputy Governor General, Hon. Steadman Fuller, will tour the grounds on Sunday, which will have among its highlights, a gospel concert sponsored by Jamaica Broilers Group.

Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding, visits the show on Monday (Aug.1) for the livestock competitions and auction, and the crowning of the champion farmers.  The curtains will come down on Denbigh later that evening with a concert featuring performances by present and former Digicel's Rising Star contestants and other featured artistes.

Gates will open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. each day, and the cost is $600 per day for adults and $300 for children.

By Judith Hunter, JIS PRO