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Plans are far advanced for this year’s staging of the Montpelier Agricultural and Industrial Show in St. James on Easter Monday (April 17), under the theme: ‘Eat Jamaican, restore the nation, preparing for the world’.
The show, organized by the St. James Association of Branch Societies, is expected to be the best ever, with an improved livestock display, branches competition and a number of new high schools participation in the show. Some 15,000 visitors are expected to attend the event.
Show goers will be entertained by a line-up of carefully selected artistes, led by Christopher Martin and Noddy Virtue of Rising Star fame.
Governor General, His Excellency the Most Honourable Professor Kenneth Hall, is expected to be the guest speaker at the official opening ceremony.
Speaking to JIS News, President of the St. James Association of Branch Societies, Glendon Harris, said that the theme for the Montpelier show was selected in light of the upcoming Cricket World Cup series in 2007 and the great demand for food, vegetable and meat for this great event.
“The Montpelier Agricultural and Industrial Show is expected to fall within the time that Cricket World Cup will be hosted in Jamaica and we need to ensure that our farmers are in full gear and ready to take on the challenge of producing enough to feed all these visitors who will be in the island throughout that period,” Mr. Harris said.
“We are looking to have a very good show this year, with a goat expo. Also, we will be showcasing the new Canadian breed of pigs, and we will seek to improve on cattle and fish displays. The entire livestock display this year will be much different and improved for our patrons. We are also expecting a record number of 10 JAS branches competing for the coveted first prize of $30,000.00 for champion branch,” he added.