Royal Show draws 4 000 farmers

2010-04-22 00:00

PLANS have been finalised and all is set for the 159th Royal Show, which is to begin on Friday, May 28, and end on Sunday, June 6.

The Royal Show will see some 4 000 farmers from around the country descend on Pietermaritzburg. The event is deemed the best agricultural show in South Africa.

As in previous years, the show offers something for everyone.

Says the CEO of the Royal Agricultural Society, Terry Strachan: “In addition to traditional livestock, the Royal Show plays host to one of the largest and most professional displays of birds, rabbits, poultry and honey on the African continent and this year will be no exception.”

Visitors to the show can also amble through halls dedicated to food, crafts and homeware.

This year The Witness’ Beautiful Homes Expo in Hall 2 will focus on all aspects of interior decor.

Horse lovers will be thrilled with the show’s full equestrian programme, which will include everything from dressage to show jumping.

The main arena will be transformed into a miniature horse display on June 1 and the elegant Lipizzaner, a famous breed of horses originally used by the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, will make their way from Johannesburg with their highly trained handlers for a performance on May 31.

After a six-year break, the Mayhem Monster Truck rally will take over the main arena. It’s not for the faint-hearted: the monster truck drivers will execute impressive stunts and crush several motor vehicles.

The show will also host renowned local artists, including Afrikaans singers and traditional Indian entertainers.

The ever-popular “student” concert will feature Watershed, Wonderboom, the City Bowl Mizers and popular local act the Ryan Calder Band.

Wrapping up the event this year will be the well-loved Ukhozi Cares Concert, which is set to coincide with Ukhozi FM’s 50th anniversary. The concert will feature the best of local gospel, hip-hop and kwaito and some of the proceeds will go to selected charities.

Entry on most days will cost R35 for adults and R20 for pensioners and children under 12.

Entry on Wednesday June 2 will cost R20 for all, as, according to Strachan, “Wednesday has traditionally been discounted to cater for any individual or group who, for whatever reason, is disadvantaged.”

Tickets for the final day will cost R40 and the extra R5 will go to Ukhozi FM’s chosen charities.

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