Royal Show 2014 a family fest with heart-stopping stunts

2014-05-12 00:00

WHETHER you want to enjoy watching arena events, such as dog agility classes and motorcycle stuntmen, or prefer to see the best agricultural breeders going head-to-head in the sheep, cattle and goat competitions, this year’s Royal Show promises to deliver an entertaining experience.

Running from May 23 to June 1, the show is packed full of experiences for the whole family.

More than 1 500 cattle, sheep and goats will be competing for coveted prizes in the livestock competitions, which will include three national championships, for the Border Leicester, Hampshire Down and Suffolk sheep breeds.

Visitors can also visit a milking parlour, view a display of indigenous goats, watch sheep shearing displays and hunt for winter woolies at the Sheep and Wool Expo.

The province’s beekeepers will be highlighting the importance of these tiny insects to the world and bird and rabbit breeders will be showing off their prize exhibits.

Farming and industrial implement manufacturers will be showing their latest models, as will many of the country’s leading motor vehicle brands.

The South African National Defence Force will be giving visitors a chance to see what life in the armed forces means, and the showgrounds nine halls will showcase the wares and services of both commercial and industrial firms.

Other attractions include the Hall of Fine Living where the primary focus is on food, the hall of safety and security, and the crafts and home indsutries hall.

There is also a feast of entertainment on offer. The main arena will host a number of equestrian events, as well as the South African National Dog Agility competition and the Jack Russell championships.

There will be heart-stopping adrenalin acts involving motorbikes and vehicles performing stunts, Working on Fire helicopter demonstrations, aerobatics and music concerts featuring the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, Watershed, Gangs of Ballet, Prime Circle, Steve Hofmeyr, Carla Botha, Tuis die Bosveld-klong, Jak de Priester.

There will also be an Eastern Extravaganza courtesy of Radio Hindvani and the Ukhozi FM concert on the final Sunday.

Tickets are R50 (R35 for children under 12 and pensioners). On May 28, entry is R35 for everyone and on June 1, entry costs R60. Parking is R20.

The Royal Show will be open daily from 9 am to the conclusion of the arena events, although the halls will close at 6.30 pm, except on Saturdays when they will close at 8 pm. No halls will be open on June 1.

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