Fun and learning for pupils at another successful show day

2008-05-26 00:00

IT was yet another fun-filled day at the Royal Agricultural Show (RAS), with school children trotting about with painted faces clutching bags of candy floss.

Andile Gumbi, a grade five pupil from Penzance Primary School in Durban, scratched his head and politely asked: “Can you name one breed of rabbit that you saw in the rabbit farm?”.

For the Penzance pupils, it wasn’t all fun and no work. They were warned that they had to pay special attention to all the stalls because they will be quizzed back at school and as a result had to walk around with clip boards and answer questions related to agriculture.

Grade 10 girls from Crescent High, also in Durban, were a little freer to just enjoy what the show had to offer and said they were having a blast being away from school yesterday.

Royal Show attendance during the course of the first weekend was 46 069, running neck-and-neck with 45 977 in 2007.

“Awards of Excellence for the display standards meeting the highest international criteria have been awarded by an independent panel of judges to: the South African Police Services (SAPS), Babcock Equipment, Bell Equipment, Toyota South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Medi-Clinic, Husquvarna, Auto Service Subaru, GC Tillage, Midlands Mascor, Oscar’s Meats, Hides of Africa, the Gutter Company, the Greek Lady and the Sheep and Wool Expo,” said RAS general manager Terry Strachan, who was also one of the judges.

A joint performance by the Soweto String Quartet and the Lipizzaner Stallions was certainly the highlight of yesterday evening’s performance. They will be performing again tonight at around 5.45 pm.

Another highlight of the show has been Dave Smith the “Human Canonball”.

Smith came all the way from the U.S. to amaze audiences by being shot out of a cannon, flying at about 80 km/h and landing in a net. He has two more performances to go; this evening at 6 pm and again on Saturday at 1.30 pm.

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