Royal Show has MANY treats in store

2015-05-20 06:00
Get face to face with a T-Rex in the Dino Expo at the Royal Show.
PHOTOS: supplied

Get face to face with a T-Rex in the Dino Expo at the Royal Show. PHOTOS: supplied

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IF you missed the Dino Expo in Johannesburg, then make sure you get to the Royal Show this year.

Hall three at the showgrounds will be packed full of handcrafted, life-like robotic dinosaur figurines from 29 May 29 to 7 June.

Created by David Huni, a student of Stan Winston School of Character Arts in the United States and the University of Alberta (Canada), all the replica dinosaurs are made from metal frames covered with form silicone. They weigh up to 500kgs each, move and are able to blink their eyes, breathe, swing their tails and roar.

Asked how long one of these creations takes to make, Huni said: “A very long time. One gets tired and needs rest. The juvenile T-Rex took me about a year, and it’s possibly the biggest of its kind.”

Wits University has partnered with Huni to create the figurines and make them as realistic and accurate as possible. The university will also be exhibiting original dinosaur fossils.

Tickets are R45 (R30 for pupils from 1 to 5 June) and can be bought at Computicket or at hall three. Children under two enter free. Please note: admission to the Dino Expo­ is in addition to the Royal Show entry fee.

Dog agility

The main arena will play host to the best agility and jumping dogs in the province on Friday, 5 June and Saturday, 6 June. Breeds taking part range from poodles to German Shepherds and Border Collies.

On the Friday visitors can watch the KZN Dog Jumping Championship, which is similar to horse show jumping.

The KZN Agility Championships will take place on the Saturday. The dogs need to have speed and accuracy, and tackle obstacles including the A frame, see-saw and dog walk.

Flying displays

Back at the show is the Eqstra Flying Lions team who will be taking to the skies on 5, 6 and 7 June.

The team - Scully Levin, Arnie Meneghelli, Stewart Lithgow and Ellis Levin - fly in a T6 Harvard aircraft. They have been in operation for 23 years and are regarded as an essential act at every major air show across the country.

“Grab those binoculars and join us for a day of awe-inspiring aerial manoeuvres, heart pumping adrenalin and good old fashioned family entertainment,” said Levin.

Jack Russells on show

The Jack Russell Terrier Club of South Africa will be holding its annual national championship on 5 and 6 June. Participants will take part in conformation classes, racing and earth trials.

There will also be racing at 12pm on Friday and 10am on Saturday. The track is a straight course with a starting box at one end and a stack of hay bales at the other.

“We invite Jack Russell Terriers of all shapes and sizes to come and join in the fun,” said spokesperson Steve Archer.

Monster trucks

Monster truck fans should head to the main arena to watch two of these massive machines in action.

Demonstrations will be on 30 and 31 May and 6 June. Visitors will also be able to take a ride in the trucks.

Amabhubesi bike riders

Members of the Amabhubesi Cycle Club will be revving the engines of their Ducatis, BMWs, Yamahas, Suzukis and Hondas to create sounds that your ears simply won’t believe. Catch them on 30 and 31 May and on 6 June.

KFC River Stage

A popular destination for families, the KFC River Stage will keep the family entertained with children’s entertainment, family activities and more.

In addition to clown and magic acts, there will be a chance to see a shark dissection and presentations on creepy crawlies and snakes

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