Rather cloudy but mostly dry conditions in the forecast for the next three days of the 83rd Agricultural Exhibition, which opened this morning at 8am at the Botanical Gardens.

Forecasters at the Bermuda Weather Service say: “Troughing approaches from the west to bring cloudier skies as well as a few showers, most likely this evening into tomorrow.

“Thereafter, the weather settles into the weekend with a return to mainly dry and sunny weather. Mostly light winds increase later this weekend.”

Minister Burch and Claudelle Richardson, Executive Liaison (Exhibition Coordinator) with the Department of Parks, inspecting rabbits inside the Jack King Building

The forecast for today: “Cloudy with some brighter spells, slight chance of a shower.  Winds variable light.” The anticipated high – near 22°C/72°F. 

The forecast for Friday calls for a mix of sun and clouds, with west southwesterly light winds, increasing to light to moderate overnight.

And on Saturday it is expected to be pretty much the same with an anticipated high near 23°C/74°F.

Final preparations were completed yesterday for the three-day event, which started today and runs through to Saturday, with the gates opening daily from 8am to 6pm.

Public Works Minister Lieutenant Colonel David Burch said: “The dedication and creativity displayed by all the participants are truly inspiring.

Steven Antonition, immediate past president of the Bermuda Orchid Society, briefs the Minister about some of the potted herbs and plants that will be on display inside the Commercial Slat House

Minister Burch reviewed several of this year’s entries during his walkabout, accompanied by representatives from the Department of Parks and the Ministry of Public Works.

A spokesperson said: “The Minister was impressed with the diverse showcase, including plants, rabbits, chickens, traditional Bermudian baked goods, handmade kites, and arts and crafts, including woodwork.”

Inside the Jack King Building

Minister Burch added: “I want to thank the Department of Parks again and all the volunteers and judges who play a crucial role in bringing this exhibition to life. I am confident this year’s show will be another success.”

Karen Simmons (right) chats with workers from the Department of Parks’ Skills Development Programme about one of the loquat chutney entries.

Minister Burch (centre) chats with Karen Simmons (in the foreground wearing blue) inside Horticultural Hall. Ms Simmons is the volunteer head judge of this year’s traditional Bermudian food entries

It was also noted that “to ensure the safety and smooth running of the event, dogs will be prohibited from the Botanical Gardens grounds”, which started at 6pm yesterday until 6am on Saturday.

Minister Burch and Claudelle Richardson admire the paintings inside the Visitor’s Centre

Minister Burch looks at one of the traditional Bermudian kite entries inside the Visitor’s Centre

Top Feature Photo: Minister Burch (centre) chats with Karen Simmons (in the foreground wearing blue) inside Horticultural Hall. Ms Simmons is the volunteer head judge of this year’s traditional Bermudian food entries