165th Royal Show has much to offer

2015-06-03 06:01
                                                                         PHOTO: JONATHAN BURTON
Ayabonga Ngobese (6) has fun in the paddle boats as her father Mlungisi                    Ngobese looks on.

PHOTO: JONATHAN BURTON Ayabonga Ngobese (6) has fun in the paddle boats as her father Mlungisi Ngobese looks on.

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THE Pietermaritzburg Royal Show opened its stalls, markets and displays for the 165th time last Friday.

People from across KwaZulu-Natal flocked to the show’s opening day to experience familiar and new stalls and exhibits on display.

With the popular fun fair and Kar-kloof’s 110-metre zip-line returning to the programme, the Royal Show has added a new and spectacular exhibit to the mix this year - the Dino Expo.

The “dark” exhibit hall, filled with life-sized, life-like robotic dinosaurs, thrills young and old as the set-up takes one back to the Jurassic age.

Dino Expo producer David Huni said the robotic dinosaur display was only one element, as the show included a “Dino musical theatre”.

Huni said the musical interacts with the audience while explaining the history of the dinosaur era with an African­ and Mexican culture twist. He said Mexican culture is involved as it is believed the asteroid that caused the extinction of dinosaurs landed in the Gulf of Mexico.

With more than 60 new exhibitors this year, the show promises a fresh take. Food markets, agricultural displays, SAPS and SANDF stands and even a ghost house are some of the exhibits to experience.

Northdale local Kayleen Pandither said: “It’s a nice place to spend the day.”

She said her favourite part of the show was walking around and looking at the food and craft stalls.

Durban local Verity Easton said the show was “worth the drive from Durban­”

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