Something for everyone at this year’s Royal Show

2014-05-09 00:00

THE Royal Show, Africa’s biggest mixed agricultural show that features many other expositions, will feature more than 1 500 livestock when it opens in Pietermaritzburg on May 23.

The Border Leicester, Hampshire Down and Suffolk national championships will be hosted; the show remains home to the country’s biggest bee section; there will be a milking parlour, a display of indigenous goats, sheep shearing, a wool and fibre exhibition, and more.

In excess of 500 industrial, commercial and service sector exhibits will be hosted at the show.

Terry Strachan, chief executive officer of the Royal Agricultural Society of Natal, said the show has grown steadily over 164 years and many exhibitors are drawn from all over the country.

The inclusion this year of some of the biggest international construction and materials handling companies — including Caterpillar, Komatsu, Volvo, Bell Equipment, JCB, New Holland Construction Equipment, Eqstra — is evidence of this growth and of the burgeoning recognition of the show in industry, logistics and in agriculture, said Strachan.

There will also be a range of light and heavy duty vehicles exhibited.

The nine halls of the showgrounds will include a mix of industrial, commercial and other services.

The Mercury Hall of Fine Living, where the focus is on food from field to dining table, is one of the country’s biggest dedicated exhibits, drawing an annual audience of about 105 000 people, says Strachan.

There is also a crafts and home industries hall, a hall focused on furniture and interior decor and a hall showcasing safety and security.

There is also an entertainment component that includes motorcycle and vehicle stunts. Visitors will also be able to see equestrian and other competitions such as Jack Russell championships, a number of demonstrations as well as a number of musical performances. The show ends on June 1.

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