Something for everyone at this year’s Royal Show

2008-04-25 00:00

There will be something for everyone at this year’s Royal Show.

That’s according to general manager Terry Strachan, who said that while the society has gone out of its way in recent years to put together a pleasing mix of entertainment for everyone, there is no doubt that 2008 will “exceed expectations”.

This year is the 158th Royal Show and the fun starts on Friday, May 23, and ends on Sunday, June 1.

“The arena programme will include, for the first time in South Africa, David Smith, the Human Cannonball from the U.S., who will be ‘fired’ 80 metres over the main arena from a cannon. This performance will take place six times during the show and is a must-see for children and adults alike,” said Strachan.

The other highlight of the show is the joint display on Monday and Tuesday evenings, May 26 and 27, of the Lipizzaners performing together with the Soweto String Quartet — “a magnificent show” and expected to be a “wow for all”.

Other arena activities include:

• A full daily equestrian programme, including a demonstration polo game on the evening of Friday, May 30.

• The internationally acclaimed group FreshlyGround, well-known for producing music that transcends age and demographics, will be performing on Saturday evening, May 24;

• A demonstration of drag racers — “impressive with spine-tingling noise”, said Strachan.

• Following a four-year absence, the return of the Gentle Giant (of Gladiators fame) with a variety of professional and interactive “strong man” displays.

• At least three appearances of the South African Police Service band, which will be coming from Pretoria.

• Two performances by the Umvoti Mounted Rifles’ tent-pegging team;

• A full dog agility programme on the final Friday and Saturday afternoons of the show;

• A New Band concert on the evening of Friday, May 23, an opportunity made available to aspiring musicians from KZN to introduce themselves;

• Two SABC lunch-time children’s concerts on Wednesday, May 28 and Thursday, May 29;

• A Lotus FM concert on Saturday evening May 31; and of course

• The grand finale, the Ukhozi FM concert, on Sunday, June 1.

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