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A tighter budget this year means no overseas acts at the 74th Bermuda Agricultural Exhibition.

But the much-loved national event has all local entertainment rostered over three days, with school groups in the lower ring and Troika following tomorrow’s opening ceremony in the main ring.

Police will maintain high visibility patrols, warned Superintendent Martin Weekes, with CCTV also to be deployed.

“We will be cracking down on any anti-social behaviour that takes place at the event, and any signs of violence will be swiftly dealt with,” Supt Weekes said, adding that anyone disrupting the family event “can expect to see themselves in court”.

Parks Director Lisa Dawn Johnston told

The Royal Gazette: “Due to cost cutting measures this year we decided to highlight Bermuda’s local talent and keep the show completely home-grown.”

Troika co-founder Seldon Woolridge said: “Our piece will relate to the theme of this year, which is agriculture past, present and future. It will include acting, dance and spoken word.”

Riding will be held from 8am at the main ring in the Botanical Gardens, with the official opening at 1pm.

The Exhibition, which traditionally showcases the Island’s agricultural and cultural offerings, includes the First Annual Drumline Competition at 4pm on Friday, and Saturday’s 1pm Feed the Kid Goat competition. Friday is set aside for students to attend.

Old favourites such as the Parish Relay Race and Tug of War will continue — and performers from the Island’s schools will alternate with a varied cast of local dancers, musicians and singers.

Registered charities will set up booths providing “fast food, Bermuda style”, an event spokesman added.

Police will direct traffic, as well as overseeing the event alongside Reserve Police and private security.

Berry Hill Road will be closed at the Tee Street end, with traffic allowed only from the west near King Edward VII Memorial.

The Parks Department will run normal parking areas within the Botanical Gardens: a main car park south of Camden House, and special parking for the physically challenged.

Tickets are available at the Exhibition on the day: $10 for adults, and $5 for children under 16 and seniors, with children under 5 free.

Useful website: www.bdaexhibition.bm.

(Photo by Akil Simmons) Design and technology teacher Chris Naylor, of Sandys Middle School, works hard to finish the school?s food stall for the AG Show, which begins tomorrow.
(Photo by Akil Simmons) Design and technology teacher Chris Naylor, of Sandys Middle School, works hard to finish the school?s food stall for the Annual Exhibition, which begins tomorrow.

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Published April 18, 2012 at 9:45 am (Updated April 18, 2012 at 9:45 am)

No overseas acts at this year’s Agricultural Exhibition

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