For three action-packed days, NATS attracts residents and visitors curious to see what’s on this year’s menu of exhibits and activities. Planners never disappoint and agriculture rules when this homage to economy and food security takes place. If previous years are any example of how to entertain and delight, you’re in for a treat.
This year’s theme is “Innovations in Technology: Driving a Climate Resilient and Competitive Agriculture and Food Sector.” While those words are lofty, fair happenings are far from it: show up at the National Agriculture Show Grounds in Belmopan early (it opens at 8 a.m.) so you have enough time see everything: arts and crafts, the petting zoo, mechanical rides, musical performances, motocross show and canoe race.
These side shows and activities are fun for all ages, but the star of the show is Belize’s agricultural heritage and commercial success. Show up at the intersection of the Hummingbird and Western Highway and prepare to do a deep dive into the main reason this show is held: showcasing agro-processed foods, plants, crops and advances that are associated with the nation’s agricultural future.
Stick around for cooking demonstrations, the rodeo, livestock judging and the naming of Belize’s Farmer of the Year in three categories (Senior; junior; Lady Farmer), plus the crowing of Miss Agriculture. It’s fun. It’s educational. And if it doesn’t make you sit up and take notice of Belize’s place on the world’s agricultural scene, you need to revisit those amazing exhibits a second time!
Organizers want to make sure this is a family-friendly event, so they’ve divided up the show into zones so you enjoy this experience “your way”: All of zone 1 and the kid’s zone are alcohol free, so if imbibing in some of the hemisphere’s best rums is part of your objective, there’s a glass or two waiting for you in Zone 2.
Wonder how you’ll get to this event? Hire a car from Tour Belize Auto Rental. Keep it long enough to see other sites in Belmopan before you turn the keys back in. Tour Belize Auto Rental won’t mind if the car smells a bit like tasty food when you return your ride. After all, you’ll need lots of strength to see everything, so stopping at as many food stalls as possible to indulge your appetite is expected!