Royal adrenaline rush

2014-05-24 00:00

“I WAS so nervous, it’s just not true!” chief executive officer of the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS), Terry Strachan told Weekend Witness after he gamely tried out the Karkloof Canopy Tour ­zipline, the newest attraction at the Royal Show in Pietermaritzburg.

Strachan was one of scores of people who tried out the new attraction, which zips you around 100 metres from a platform next to the Dhoda’s food stall, over the Dorpspruit, to the gate two bridge at the showgrounds.

Managing director of the Karkloof Canopy Tour, Kai Schulz, said the idea to bring the zipline to the showgrounds came about during a conversation with Carmen Nanni, who worked for the RAS before taking on a marketing position at Howick High School.

“She mentioned the idea in passing last year and then we did a zipline for Howick High for Father’s Day, which was a lot of fun. We also did one at a school in Durban … then we approached the show,” Schulz said.

“Kids just love it, but it’s also a lot of fun for adults. The youngest person we will take is three but we’re hoping to attract older people too. In fact, I’d like to challenge the older people of Maritzburg to have a go. The oldest person who tries the zipline will get a free canopy tour.”

Rides cost R30 (R50 for two slides, which includes a R50 discount voucher for Karkloof Canopy Tour). Inquiries: 033 330 3415.

Other entertainment attractions at the Royal this weekend:

• Catch all the action when Bikes UnLtd do crazy stunts in the main arena at 12.45 pm today and 12.50 pm tomorrow.

• Prime Circle, Gangs of Ballet, Watershed, FireTree and Undivided Roots will perform at this year’s Royal Rock Concert, in the main arena at 3 pm today.

• At 10.30 am tomorrow, the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing theme songs from films in the Royal Symphony: At the Movies concert in the main arena. Daniel Walshaw conducts the orchestra and soloists include Steve Hofmeyr, pianist Christopher Duigan and vocalist Shelley McLean.

• ABI parachuting will be wowing the crowds at 12.40 pm in the main arena.

• The annual RSG concert, featuring Hofmeyr, Carla Botha, Thys Die Bosveldklong and Jak de Priester, takes place at 2.30 pm tomorrow in the main arena.

Today and tomorrow at the River Stage, visitors can enjoy a performance by Kimbo the Clown, a zumba demonstration and a performance by the Ryan Woodgate Band.

Down in the cattle arenas, pupils from the province’s agricultural schools will be taking part in a youth show and the future farmers competition. The Boer Goat regional championships take place at sheep section today, with a sheep youth show tomorrow. And at the Sheep and Wool Expo, there will be fashion shows at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm, and sheep shearing and spinning demonstrations throughout the weekend.

• Entry to the showgrounds is R50 (R35 for seniors and juniors, with pre-school children having free entry).

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