Furs and feathers at the Royal Show

2016-05-25 06:00

WHETHER you love feathers or fur, there will be something which is sure to appeal to Royal Show-goers this year.

The Pietermaritzburg Budgerigar Club will host a young bird show, for birds bred and rung during 2015 and 2016 at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg.

Budgie breeders from across South Africa will be participating in the competition, which is being judged by Johan Lucas, well known for his own excellent stock of exhibition budgies, and more recently, the breeding of fancy wild type birds.

This year’s show will run from Thursday, 2 June to Sunday, 5 June in the hall next to the rabbit hall.

Birds will be available to buy at reasonable prices.

The South African Fancy Pigeon Association will be showing its finest birds in the bird hall from 26 May to 1 June. The pigeons will be benched and judged on Thursday, 26 May and the hall will be open to the public from 9am to 5pm from 27 May to 31 May. On 1 June the birds will released and the hall vacated for the caged birds and budgies.

There will be some new breeds on display, and members will be on hand to answer any questions and advise interested visitors.

If you prefer furry friends, then head to the rabbit section, which is run by the Natal Rabbit Club and has been in existence for 60 years and part of the Royal Show for the past 59 years.

Visitors will be able to view breeds in four sections - fancy, fur, satin and Rex. There will also be Angora-spun, crocheted and knitted items on show, and pelts, breeding stock and pets available to the public.

Judging will take place on Thursday, 26 May and Friday, 27 May and the hall will be open to the public from the first Friday afternoon to the last Sunday when it will close at 12pm. Please note that the hall is closed from 12pm to 1pm daily.

- Supplied.

Entry to the Royal Show is R60 for adults and R40 for children under 12 and pensioners. Entry is R40 for everyone on Wednesday, 1 June.

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