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KINGSTON — Patrons attending the 2011 Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food show, in May Pen, Clarendon, from July 30 to August 1, will be treated to a number of exciting features.                                              

According to First Vice President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), and Chairman of the Denbigh Planning Committee, Senator Norman Grant, "every aspect of agriculture will be represented at this year's show."

Addressing a JIS 'Think Tank', held recently at the agency's Half-Way Tree Road headquarters, Senator Grant said that for the first time there will be a Denbigh Food Village, where the best of Jamaican products will be available for tasting. "What you will see in the Food Village is not only what we grow in Jamaica, but the particular unique way these dishes are prepared," he explained.                                

Another new feature will be a car show, which will bring together many auto groups into one main area and will feature the latest and the most outstanding motor vehicles for the benefit of patrons.                                 

There will also be a Children's Village at the show.  The aim of the village is to entertain the children and at the same time provide information that can enhance the development of the children.  "There will be exciting rides, water games, stage entertainment, which will include interactive competitions and live performances," Senator Grant said.

For the Education Village, Senator Grant said that participants will include both secondary and tertiary institutions. Information will be provided on their activities to not only educate but to help transform their environment and communities.                      

He also pointed out that there will be a Health Circle booth, where patrons can do  blood pressure and blood sugar tests.

A notable feature at Denbigh will be the Livestock auction, where persons can purchase animals, such as cattle, pigs, goats and sheep.

"It is the Jamaica Agricultural Society's vision to make this year's Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food show one of the most exciting, patron friendly event by providing the opportunities for all to embrace the sector and support its related industries," Senator Grant said.                                    

Gates will open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily, and the entrance fee will be $600 for adults and $300 for children.

By Judith Hunter, JIS PRO