The Nevis Department of Agriculture is gearing up to celebrate its vicennial anniversary with a number of exciting activities. The Department will put on an open day fair, the “Miss Farm Queen”pageant and a calypso show. The theme for this year’s open day fair is “On the road to Food Security, Open Day 20”. The fair will take place on March 27 and 28 from 9am each day, at the Villa at the Charlestown Secondary School grounds. Participation of the open day fair has grown, said Eric Evelyn, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture. “Persons are registering early and we are very heartened because persons usually register late,”he said. Evelyn is optimistic about support for the 20th anniversary celebrations. “Participation level is high and support will be overwhelming.”The queen pageant and calypso show will take place concurrently on March 29 at the Cultural Complex with an admission of $25. The event begins at 8 pm. Approximately10 popular calypsonians are slated to perform at the show including Astro, De Enforcer, and Pupa Wheeler. The pageant will be contested by Grace Williams- Miss The Nevis Growers, Vanessa Detouche- Miss Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis, Shonnell Christian- Tropical Blossoms, Shoya Lawrence- Moses Auto & Mem’s Pizzaria, and Catherine Seabrookes, sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Housing, Fisheries & Cooperatives. After a short ceremony on Monday (Feb 17), each of the young ladies was handed a cheque by their sponsor to assist with pageant preparations, according to PS Evelyn. He informed that the aim of the pageant is to “promote agriculture”.