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All set for Agrofest

Suzanne Griffith

All set for Agrofest

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One of my favourite yearly events is rapidly approaching and I cannot wait. Mark your calendars, Agrofest 2012 kicks off on Friday, February 24, and concludes on Sunday, February 26. This year’s theme is Renewable Energy – Powering Agriculture To Success.
For all you early birds, bear in mind that Friday, day time, is set aside for the schoolchildren, but come four o’clock the gates open to the public.
I like to be there first thing Saturday morning and more likely than not I’ll find a reason to visit again on Sunday. Consider purchasing a season pass; when purchased in advance at one of the box offices you can gain adult admission to all three days for $25. The kiddies enter for $5 at the gate or $3 in advance.
Each year I find myself needing to return to revisit an exhibit or check out something that caught my interest. There’s no doubt you will be inspired by Agrofest; I always am.
Over the last few years Agrofest has once again become Barbados’ pre-eminent event for the entire family.
With the theme of Renewable Energy there are sure to be lots of interesting exhibits. Don’t forget to bring along your camera and a small notepad and pen. I won’t forget as I will be on the lookout for innovative ideas, products and services.
If you are attending Agrofest as a family set aside a time to visit the kids’ favourite area – we all know where that is – at the end of your visit. Keep your kids engaged, discuss what they are seeing at each exhibit and encourage them to ask questions.
I always bring my son to the animal exhibits first; that way he is sure to momentarily forget about the toys and games at the opposite end of the park.
Older children can find inspiration for an upcoming school science project or report. Reward the kids for good behaviour; it can be a long, but exciting, day in the sun for them.
I always bring my market basket with me on Saturday morning as there will be loads of beautiful produce on sale. I can’t wait! Agrofest just keeps getting better.
Make it a family weekend and remember that agriculture is a critical component of our culture and our economy. Get your kids interested, get inspired to start or restart your kitchen garden, learn about the ideas and innovations that are taking shape on our island in the field of agriculture, and, most importantly, have a great time.