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Jamaicans will be in for a special treat with some additions to the usual fare of displays, exhibits and competitions at the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show this year.

The show will be staged from August 4 to August 6, 2012, on the Denbigh Showground in May Pen, Clarendon.

Addressing a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’  on July 24, President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) and Chairman of the Denbigh Planning Committee, Senator Norman Grant, said  he is “very excited” about  the “new and different” features which attendees will have the pleasure of seeing during the three-day event.

One of the new features at the show this year will be the introduction of an 'Organic Village'. “This village will expose patrons to every aspect of a green village, basically from farm directly to a fork,” Senator Grant said.

Continuing, he said there will also be an ‘Olympic Village’, where patrons attending the show on August 5 and 6 will see the races while enjoying the Denbigh Show.

Traditional features, such as the livestock exhibits, farmers’ market, children’s village, the food village, youth in agriculture village and the health and wellness village will be enhanced as the JAS showcases the best in agriculture, despite the challenges.

In addition to the new and old attractions, Senator Grant informed that Denbigh 2012 will have a huge Caribbean contingent in attendance.  Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, The Bahamas, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands have already indicated that they will be in attendance.

The Caribbean 4-H Clubs will also participate in the Youth in Agriculture Village, through competitions and various exhibitions showcasing indigenous products.

Considered the premier agricultural show in Jamaica and the English speaking Caribbean, this year’s show is dubbed: ‘Denbigh 60: celebrating Achievements in Agriculture’, as it continues to promote the ‘Grow What We Eat…Eat What We Grow’ initiative        

The main objectives of the Denbigh Show are to promote the agricultural sector; display the best foods produced in Jamaica; and highlight the importance of agriculture to the export sector, to food security, to business development, and to nation building.

While highlighting the latest developments in agricultural technology, the Denbigh Show will also demonstrate linkages with other critical sectors of the economy, such as science and technology, research and development, tourism, entertainment and finance.

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon Sir Patrick Allen is scheduled to attend Denbigh 2012 on Sunday, August 5.

Gates will open daily at 8:00 a.m. and admission is $600 for adults and $300 for children.

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