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The 2010 Denbigh Agri-Industrial Show promises to be bigger and better with a slew of activities and attractions over the three-day staging.
The show is slated for Saturday, July 31 to Monday, August 2 at the Denbigh Showground in May Pen, Clarendon, under the theme: ‘Grow What We Eat, Eat What We Grow.’
Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on July 27, First Vice President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Senator Norman Grant, said that this year’s show is expected to attract approximately 50,000 patrons over the three days.
In addition to displays of produce and livestock, the event will feature a farmers’ market, kiddies’ village, parish pavilions, cook off competitions, and exhibits from public and private sector agencies.
A major highlight of Denbigh 2010 is the anniversary celebration and exposition by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) and College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE), which are celebrating 20 and 100 years of operation, respectively.
The Vice President pointed out that both entities will use the Denbigh show to observe their milestone and inform patrons about their role, function and history.
Senator Grant outlined that the three-day show will begin on Saturday with the Youth in Agriculture Competition and several educational and investment seminars.
“There will be a youth village, which will be opened by the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, with some 500 youngsters participating over the three days to celebrate youth in agriculture and promote agriculture as a viable career,” he outlined.
Another major activity for Saturday will be the National Farm Queen coronation show where young ladies representing the 14 parishes, will vie for the title, while promoting opportunities available in the agricultural sector.
Sunday will feature livestock competitions, presentation of the Champion Farmer, Young Champion Farmer and the National Farm Queen.
On the day, RADA, as part of its anniversary celebrations, will recognize persons, who have contributed to its development for the past 20 years, with Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, speaking about the agency’s role in the continuous transformation of the agricultural sector.
Sunday will close with a grand gospel concert dubbed: ‘Denbigh Gospel Extravaganza’, which will feature top gospel artistes such as Carlene Davis, DJ Nicholas, and Sister Scully.
Denbigh 2010 will culminate on Monday with the livestock parade, presentation of trophies for the competitive events and a concert with performances from past winners and top ten finalists in the Digicel Rising Stars competition, and JCDC gospel and popular song competition entrants.
Mr. Grant informed that overseas delegations are anticipated from countries such as Bermuda, Bahamas, Mexico, United States of America, Canada and Haiti.
The local delegation will include the Governor-General; Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding; Leader of the Opposition, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller; and Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton.
“The Denbigh agricultural show is the largest agricultural event of its kind in Jamaica, the Caribbean and the Western Hemisphere and provides an avenue to enhance your business, have fun, be entertained and informed on the function and services of the agricultural sector,” Mr. Grant said.
Admission for adults is $600 each day, while the fee for children is $300. Gates will open at 8:00 a.m. daily.

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