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Virtual Ag Show to be held in April

Michelle Burrows with her daughter Nicole, view the entries at a past Agricultural Exhibition at Botanical Gardens (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

The traditional Bermuda Agricultural Exhibition will return in April – but as an online event.

The virtual exhibition, to be held on April 23, will showcase a range of exhibits including exotic chicken breeds, rabbits, pigeons, ducks and guinea pigs, along with the work of Bermuda’s young people.

Antwan Albuoy, the exhibition’s director, said: “It is with great excitement that we announce the 2021 Ag Show will go ahead virtually this year.

“Over the last few months, our committee has met virtually several times to discuss how we can best keep our local culture and traditions alive, given the current state of the world today.

“While the health and safety of our community members, particularly our vulnerable populations and seniors, is a top priority, we wanted to find a unique way to keep the event going for Bermuda’s younger generation.”

Mr Albouy said the cancellation of last year’s event because of the Covid-19 pandemic was a disappointment to many, including children who had worked hard to produce entries.

Artwork submitted for the competition last year was judged by volunteers, but because of the pandemic the work did not go on public display.

Mr Albuoy said: “While we did our best to find a way to go ahead with judging, we wanted to make sure the talents of our young people were recognised properly in 2021.”

Several categories of children’s art work will be displayed at the Bermuda Society of Arts Gallery in Hamilton City Hall between April 10 and May 3.

Mr Albouy added: “This year’s event will certainly look different from years gone by, but we hope this is a happy middle ground for all those who wish to take part, keeping this important national tradition and aspect of our local culture alive.”

The event will be funded by a range of sponsors, including main sponsor Axis Capital.

The show will be broadcast on the Ag Show Bermuda Facebook page.

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Published February 26, 2021 at 8:00 am (Updated February 25, 2021 at 1:51 pm)

Virtual Ag Show to be held in April

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