PORT ANTONIO — As St. Mary prepares to participate in the annual Denbigh Agricultural Show, vigorous planning is being done by the parish’s show committee to ensure that it performs creditably during the two day extravaganza.
The show, which will be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31, will have as one of its main features, a competition among the parishes for both the booth with the most impressive display of exhibits during the period.
Spearheading the effort of the St. Mary Denbigh Show Committee are the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) and the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS). In addition to giving a good account of itself in the parish competition, St. Mary is also aspiring to perform impressively in the Champion Farmers Contest.
Speaking to the Jamaica Information Service, JAS Manager for St. Mary, Cavon Murdoch, said a comprehensive plan is in place to ensure that the booth to be operated by St. Mary, as well as the exhibits to be displayed, are of the highest standards, to attract the interest of the patrons and demand the full attention of the judges.
She said every effort was being made to rally the JAS branches, and other members of the parish’s farming community, to support the Denbigh Show objective, adding that the women farmers were also being mobilised to participate in a special female farmers’ conference at Denbigh on Friday, July 29.
Stating that St. Mary did not perform as expected at last year‘s event, because of logistical problems, she expressed confidence that the careful planning for this year’s show will prevent a recurrence of that misfortune.
Also speaking to the JIS was RADA Marketing Officer for St. Mary, Alfred Dunkley, who said the St. Mary Denbigh Show Committee was planning a number of fundraising events to finance the parish’s participation.
Stating that the committee will be working closely with the Jamaica Producers Group, in its engagements at the show, he said several subcommittees have also been established to ensure that the displays mounted by St. Mary are not just of the highest quality, but also the most attractive.
By ASTON G. BAILEY, JIS Reporter