As preparations for the national agricultural exhibition, more popularly known as Agrofest, continue to gather pace, the Secretariat has taken the opportunity to remind exhibitors and patrons about some of the requirements for the three-day event.
Coordinator, Thedore Fraser, disclosed that the registration process for booth spaces for Agrofest 2012 was closed and he urged those exhibitors who would be working with food items to apply for their health licences before the February 13 deadline.
"We wish to thank those exhibitors who have registered with us and look forward to your continued support leading up to and over the weekend of February 24 to 26, as the exhibition reflects on the theme Renewable Energy: Powering Agriculture to Success.?? We would also wish to remind all food vendors, agro processors and exhibitors sampling food items and snacks that they will require the necessary licences and health certificate from the Sir Winston Scott Polyclinic, before Monday, February 13."??
He also urged exhibitors who had already registered and had balances on their booth space to settle these immediately.
With regard to the sale of toys, Mr. Fraser added "exhibitors and vendors retailing toys at the exhibition are reminded that toy guns and stink bombs are strictly prohibited.??
Persons caught retailing these items will be dealt with in the strictest manner by the law enforcement officers on site."??
Mr. Fraser also reminded patrons that they could purchase tickets at the several box offices across the island:?? the Barbados Agricultural Society, "The Grotto", Beckles Road, St. Michael; Cave Shepherd, Broad Street; all Super Centre Stores; DaCosta Mannings branches at Fontabelle, Warrens, Pierhead, and Sheraton; Clear Vision Optical, #11 Pine Road, Belleville, St. Michael; Roberts Manufacturing Feed Store, Lower Estate, St. George; Limerz Sports Bar, formerly De Place Mini-mart, Church Street, Speightstown, St. Peter; and Drippers Pro Shop – Aquatic Centre, Wildey, St. Michael.
Another ticket booth will be in operation outside of Weymouth ???B’ during Agrofest, while a new public entrance via Weymouth ???B’ will also be available to alleviate congestion.
The Agrofest Secretariat also wishes to remind exhibitors and patrons that Queen’s Park will be a non-smoking zone during Agrofest and, therefore, smoking will not be permitted in the park during the three-day event.