Agrofest which started some years ago in Barbados is eagerly looked forward to by exhibitors wishing to enter their stock in shows for sheep, pigs, beef and dairy livestock. And for spectators, it is a fun and educational event.

The traffic numbers show that the show is well supported by locals and tourists. Last year Agrofest was reported to have between 45,000 to 50,000 visitors.

Agrofest is produced by The Barbados Agricultural Society and its supporting partners. Agrofest has run now for the past five years. A long time ago, the venue, Queen’s Park, was used for agricultural exhibitions and this exhibition has now been developed on a much larger scale and has broadened the concept of an agricultural exhibition.

There will be a Petting Zoo for children, rabbit exhibits, flowers, and fruit and vegetable exhibits.

Agrofest creates an opportunity for trade booths to display and market products and/or services related to agriculture.

The Royal Police Band will be there and the Tuk band as well as other entertainment.

This year’s theme is “Green today …. substain tomorrow”

There are prizes in categories such as best garden. This year there is also a bird show.

This show is regarded as the island’s top agricultural exhibition. The venue, Queen’s Park, is in the heart of the city, Bridgetown. It runs over three days and caters mainly to school children on Friday and the general public on the other two days.

On the last day of the show, Sunday, February 28th, around 4:30 pm., The B’dos. Dog Training Club, will be entertaining the public with an agility demonstration. Newspaper releases say this is regarded as one of the highlights of the show and the area is packed with spectators wanting to see the dogs go through tunnels and over jumps. The cheers and claps are loud, and the crowds seem to enjoy the dogs which make mistakes or refuse to do the obstacles more so than the dogs which do “clean” runs.

An obedience demonstration is also supposed to take place by club members, and even a dancing with a dog demonstration.

Working dogs in Barbados

Trevor and Adrian with their dogs

I am not sure about Trevor who has a German Shepherd dog, on the left, but Adrian on the right with Hydro, a Belgium Malinois, will be participating in the obedience demonstration at Agrofest.

The dogs doing the agility demonstration will be mainly from the gundog group and I expect it will include some of the less experienced handlers and dogs.

And yes, I will probably go to Agrofest but my bouviers will be at home when I am walking about 🙂 🙂 at Agrofest.

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