Bloem Show ‘keeps getting better’

2017-05-17 06:01

This year’s Bloem Show turned out to be an even bigger success than in previous years.

This year marked 134 years since the event was first held in Bloemfontein.

It was held over eleven days, from 27 April to 7 May.

According to Elmarie Prinsloo, chief executive officer, there is a significant growth despite the socio-economic challenges.

“Statistically we had a 10% increase in the overall attendance when compared to 2016. The show was yet again a great success and would not be possible without hundreds of role players, exhibitors, breed societies, breeders, sponsors and visitors,” said Prinsloo.

“We were blessed with excellent attendance numbers of 111 367 over 11 days of the show compared to the 101 164 last year.”

She said the Bloem Show exhibitors were exceptional this year and pointed out that Free Staters played a significant role.

“This year, most of the exhibitors came from the Free State (49%), followed by Gauteng (26%) and the Western Cape (13%).

“Despite a lot of pressure on consumers and businesses in the current economic conditions, there was an increase in the number of exhibitors this year at Bloem Show, with 374 exhibitors in 419 exhibition spaces,” said Prinsloo.

Prinsloo attributed the significant increase to the diversity of events.

“With several new activities on the programme and many special offers, the Bloem Show managed to attract a large variety of visitors.

“The increased interest by the public sector, especially from the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), was pleasing and gave a different feeling to this year’s Bloem Show.”

The SANDF staged a military music festival in which several military orchestras participated.

According to Prinsloo, the food stalls were once again a major attraction at this year’s show.

She said there were approximately 49 different foods and refreshment stalls.

Prinsloo said the Bloem Show creative crafts section received 2 786 entries this year from all over South Africa.

The Bloem Show organisers, in conjunction with the fun fair, arranged for 500 children from ­orphanages and disadvantaged communities to enjoy the rides free of charge on the day after the show had closed.

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