Quieter but no less entertaining day at the Royal Showgrounds

2010-06-01 00:00

THE Royal Showgrounds were a lot quieter yesterday than at the weekend, and instead of trying to find a path between the crowds, one was able to stroll around and enjoy the afternoon sun under the autumn trees that are gently shedding their leaves.

The attendance for the first three days stands at 42 801 (compared to 43 015 in 2009), said Royal Show organisers.

The weekend was deemed a success, although “a few teething problems were experienced on Friday, primarily relating to new temporary staff in the various catering outlets having to settle in, but by Saturday they had found their feet,” said Terry Strachan, CEO of the Royal Show.

Yesterday stall holders were a lot less busy.

“I sold a lot of sushi on Saturday and Sunday,” said Saovalak Srisompoch of the Green Mango, “but today it has slowed down.”

Srisompoch, originally from Thailand, runs her restaurant from Morningside in Durban. “I saw some of my regular customers over the weekend and everyone is enjoying the sushi; I have different sushi for different people,” she said.

And while stall holders sit patiently in the marquees, first-time visitors are in awe of all that was on display.

Busi Ndlovu and her class from Sbusiswe Pre-School in Snathing happily milled around the different stalls discussing what they saw.

“The children are excited to be here and to see different cultures, watch the entertainment and, of course, see the animals,” Ndlovu said.

The excitement spread to the arenas where a children’s horse show was taking place.

Maritzburg local Bronwyn McGaw stood proudly with her pony Forsythe Fatal Attraction outside the arena, her third-place rosette pinned to her jacket.

“It was so much fun and I have two classes left, so I am hoping for more rosettes,” she said.

By 3 pm people from around the province started filing in, a lot of them to ensure a good seat for the Lippizaner show at 6.30 pm.

“We are here from Durban. We have come for the day to see the horses,” said Amy King.

King had brought along her little terrier Gabbana who was drawing a fair amount of attention herself.

Gabbana was decked out in a pink tracksuit encrusted with diamantes. She keenly sniffed at the ground, picking up the hundreds of scents from the show.

More tracks and aromas will fill the showgrounds in the week and stall-holders need not despair. Tomorrow discounted ticket prices are sure to attract many more show-goers.



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