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2019-04-24 06:02
The South African Saddle Horse Championship will be one of the main attractions at this year’s Bloem Show, held from Friday (26/04) to 4 May. Andries Booysen gives a taste of what can be expected. Photo: Mlungisi Louw

The South African Saddle Horse Championship will be one of the main attractions at this year’s Bloem Show, held from Friday (26/04) to 4 May. Andries Booysen gives a taste of what can be expected. Photo: Mlungisi Louw

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The Bloem Show still holds unquestionable economic and financial viability to the benefit of the city, its residents and the economy of the Free State.

It is the largest show in South Africa’s central region.

This year’s Bloem Show officially opens on Friday (26/04), and will end on Saturday, 4 May.

Staged annually in Bloemfontein, this year’s event will be the 136th edition of the show which was incepted in 1883.

It is the brainchild of farmers and their associates who founded it in 1883.

According to Elmarie Prinsloo, chief executive officer of the Bloem Show, the show was founded with the main objective of promoting agriculture as one of the main economic drivers in not only the central region, but also the rest of the country.

It has become South Africa’s largest consumer show in the central region and a platform for marketing, making it an economic catalyst in South Africa’s central region.

Over the years, the show’s sustainable growth has resulted in it becoming more diverse and attracting traders and stakeholders of various sectors.

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The show has also grown to include entertainment programmes, thereby adding to its sustainability.

Agriculture, however, - as the main economy driver in the Free State and the central region remains the core of the Bloem Show.

Altogether 25 agricultural national championships are held at this event, such as the merino landsheep championship, national mutton merino super top 10 ram show, national sheep shearing championship, Ill de France national championship, border Leicester provincial championship, world boergoats savanna and Kalahari red show, national saddle horse championship, cattle championships and the limousin national championship.

Agriculture equipment is also on display.

According to Prinsloo the show gives Bloemfontein an economic injection of R33 million, with an influx of spending at businesses, places of accommodation, fuel stations and fast food franchises.

Approximately 450 exhibitors – local, national and international – annually exhibit their products at the Bloem Show.

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