Great response

agrofest2013crowdHundreds of bargain hunters headed to Queen’s Park yesterday on the final day of this year’s edition of Agrofest.

Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society, James Paul, told Barbados TODAY that people shopped for fruits and vegetables and took in the livestock displays as the event came to close.

“Yesterday was very full. The first two days I don’t think we did as good as we expected as I said before it was largely because of the fact that it was soon after elections and we were not able to get the response from the schools with the uncertainty surrounding whether there would be a bank holiday or not and Saturday wasn’t the kind of response we normally see.

“On Sunday, the members of the public really turned out to support the event and we had a very good day. I thought they were mostly interested in the animals, the livestock was a big drawing card and people did come looking for bargains in terms of fruit and vegetables …,” Paul said.

This year, Paul added, should have seen the vendors set up on Weymouth ‘B’ getting more business as one of the complaints on previous occasions was that activities were centred in the park.

Coordinator Thedore Fraser said that “overall it was very good.”

“We are pleased with the turnout and the response from the patrons. We already have persons calling to get information for next year,” he said.

The exhibitors were also pleased, he noted.

While it is still early, Paul said there would probably a different theme next year taking the focus off renewable energy.

The BAS organises the country’s largest agricultural three-day exhibition. (DS)

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