Royal Show: a delightful start

2011-05-28 00:00

“MOMMY, can I please go back again? Please?”

The Royal Show, which opened in Pietermaritzburg yesterday, drew thousands of enthusiastic visitors, from children begging for more rides at the fun fair, to seasoned showgoers soaking up the atmosphere.

The event was officially opened by Premier Zweli Mkhize last night, accompanied by MECs and the mayors of Msunduzi, uMgungundlovu and eThekwini.

During the day, the only slight trouble was the chilly, partly cloudy weather.

Two teenage friends from Balgowan said they didn’t mind the chill because they were having “a great time”.

Couples and families strolled admiring beautiful displays and intriguing new products, while children screamed in delight at the fun fair.

Margaret Kean (75), who got to the show from 9 am, has been a member of the Royal Agricultural Society for 54 years. She told Weekend Witness that the environment is “terrific” and she loves the creativity and the bargains from the sellers.

“I just love the feeling of being here,” she said from the grandstand where she was watching a display of carriage driving.

The Royal Agricultural Society chief executive officer, Terry Strachan, said, “All preparations have run according to plan and with a full and exciting entertainment programme and a large range of informative exhibits, I am hopeful that the show will meet the expectations of all visitors.”

This evening, the main arena will host the Johnny Clegg Concert.

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