Belize’s Biggest Gathering: The 2014 National Agriculture & Trade Show – Part One

Who doesn’t love a good fair?  The food, the animals, the rides…

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(With some strange color setting on my new camera.  Fiddling with this camera while on this FAST moving ride was a bad idea…but that’s for later.)

The Belmopan Agriculture fair is huge.  And supposedly over 50,000 Belizeans roll into town for the two day event.  Since I had attended once before (posts below), I knew I was going to make it only one day.   It’s so hot, so crowded, so fun but EXHAUSTING.   So I got there early…

I arrived at about 9:45am on Saturday, the first real day of the show.  The line was long already and charter buses and cars were unloading all along the road into Belmopan.

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We moved along surprisingly quickly.  $5bzd, a wristband and I was in.

The map gives some idea of how large this is.  From farm animals to dirt bikes to ferris wheels.photo 2 (7)My taxi driver in San Pedro, the one who drove me to the water taxi, told me that you could buy a REAL duck at the show and win $1 million.

(Photo taken a few days ago at the Belize Bird Rescue in Belmopan – more on that later too.)

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Luckily, I ran into this set-up quickly.  Hard to miss really…

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It’s real.  $1 million dollars from the Belize Rotarians part, NOT the real duck.  (The race even has a Facebook page.)

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Here’s the deal.  You buy a rubber duck for $10bzd.  On a specificed date in November, the duckies will be dropped from the San Ignacio bridge.  The first duck to reach the finish line, it’s owner will win $10,000.    Here is the winning ticket.  I bought 3.

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And then the winner…if it is some special duck (I didn’t quite get the gist of it), then you win ONE.  MILLION.  belize.  DOLLARS.  Awesome.  I might have to make it over to San Ignacio for this event.

Let me just run through some of my pictures…I took quite a few.  Here is the show.

Ladies dressed like this were promoting all sorts of stuff – from beer to cell phones.  These two are somehow oil related and they wanted to chat with me about a “grease mutilating” product.  Huh.

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The citrus growers showing off their…citrus.  But why can’t we get these in Belize?  Look at that pretty pink grapefruit.

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Marie Sharp and her crew were one of the many Belizean products representing.

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And one of my very favorite booths.  Running W and their DELICIOUS pork sausages.IMG_5201

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The huge grills were all going.  I had one spicy Italian for breakfast promising to be back for more.

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SIlly gambling games seemed to be very popular with the adults.  SO clearly a set up.  Planted guys coming in…better $100…losing…smacking their foreheads groaned AHHHH Dios Mio.  I mean PUH LEEZE.

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Ring tosses.IMG_5207Lots and lots of games and rides.

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I’ll be back for you later too.IMG_5208 IMG_5211 IMG_5209Some of these rides are SUPER scary.  The rickety machinery, the teens operating them and the speed.  I HAVE to get on the ferris wheel.  It’s $6bzd of super scary good times.  And you absolutely can not beat the view.

LOOK AT THIS!?!

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Best not to look too close at the inner workings…IMG_5285

 

We loaded slowly and I enjoyed everything about it.

The view to the west over the rides and the dirt bike track.

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And then we were full and we REALLY got moving.  Ripping at top speed forward…my stomach being thrown around the wheel…and then backwards…kids crying, everyone screaming, my insides…well…

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Let’s just say that I needed to get off quickly.  Code Red style.

Thanks so much buddy.  Good good times.

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And fear not, a bag of greeezzzzy popcorn and I was back on track.

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Food to sample, people to meet, a rodeo to attend…time to get moving.

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Until tomorrow…

 

 

 





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  • I love a good fair. Looks like great fun…except for the queasies!