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Prime Minister P.J. Patterson will officially open the 53rd staging of the Denbigh Agricultural and Industrial Show on Sunday, July 31 at the Denbigh Showground in May Pen, Clarendon. Governor General, His Excellency the Most. Hon. Sir Howard Cooke; Minister of Agriculture, Roger Clarke and other dignitaries from China, Canada and the Caribbean, will also be attending the opening ceremony set to begin at 2:30 in the afternoon. The show will get underway on Saturday, July 30, and will last until Monday, August 1. It will be held under the theme: ‘Grow What We Eat and Eat What We Grow’. There will be several activities at the show, including demonstrations and displays, a ‘kiddies’ village, a Denbigh treasure hunt, a horticultural display, agri-industrial exhibits, a chefs’ competition, and nightly entertainment. President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Senator Norman Grant, speaking at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, noted that each day would provide educational, informational and entertainment packages that the entire family could enjoy.
“Denbigh, this year, will be an event where the entire family can come, and enjoy an exciting three days. [that will be fun filled, educational and informative] .we will have different speakers making presentations on different subjects,” he pointed out.
July 30 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 and share pertinent information in areas such as agriculture, home economics and hospitality management.
Patrons can also enjoy the crowning of the National Farm Queen on July 30. Sunday (July 31), will feature a gospel concert, and performances by Digicel’s Rising Star contestants will pull the curtains down on Monday night (August 1).
As is customary, patrons can look forward to the judging of the parish pavilions, which will commence on the first day of the show, while the livestock competition will get underway on Monday.
Gates will open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily. The cost for each day will be $400 for adults and $100 for children.