South Coast Lions Show was tops

2015-07-23 06:01
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THE 2015 South Coast Lions’ Show was, by all accounts, a resounding success and far exceeded the expectations of the event organisers, the Lions Club of Port Shepstone.

This is according to club public relations officer, Denis Meyer.

“This year, as promised, the show committee took into account the many suggestions. The Lions also entered into a partnership with South Coast Tourism and the event became an official part of the 2015 Sardine Festival programme,” he said.

The show started off with the traditional Lions’ “Laugh Out Loud” comedy evening on Thursday.

Over 950 tickets were sold and the entertainment tent was packed despite the rainy weather.

Friday, which is traditionally exhibitor’s day, saw double the number of visitors attending compared to the previous year.

“This year’s show provided a full fun fair with plenty of spectacular adrenaline rides. The fun fair was a huge hit with show goers both young and not so young,” he said.

Friday night’s entertainment started off with a performance by local band The Kickstands followed by a performance by Durban-based band Marzirlou and the Rockabilly Rebels, who took the audience down memory lane with their foot-tapping music from the fifties and sixties.

Local rock outfit Chewing The Hornet then took to the stage and played a line-up of music which was well received by their adoring fans.

The Saturday edition of the show was well supported as thousands of visitors started to stream through the gates shortly after opening time at 9am and the parking area was soon full to capacity which resulted in additional space being provided by the country club.

During the course of the day the Toyota Yaris Extreme Thrill provided an adrenalin rush for the brave.

The arena entertainment schedule started off with the South Coast Strongman Competition which was well supported by several contestants who kept the crowds in awe with their exceptional strength and abilities. This was followed by a musical display by local musicians and dance items from local studios

A total of 110 indoor and outdoor exhibits were on display at this year’s show.

The following prizes were awarded:

Best Overall Stand on Show: Mascor

Best Outdoor Stand on Show

1st: SAP Forensics

2nd: Value Fencing

3rd: Roto Tank

Best Indoor Stand on Show

1st: Riebeek Cellars

2nd: Umtentweni Conservancy

3rd: Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife

Best Motoring Stand on Show

1st: Halfway Toyota

2nd: County Ford

3rd: Bates Motors

Best Local Business Stand on Show: C-Side Gas

Best Small Business Stand on Show: Security Superstore

Best Entrepreneur Stand on Show: Gallagher Steel Art

Best School / College Stand on Show

1st: Esayidi FET College

2nd: Weston College

Best Marketed Stand on Show: Value Fencing

Merit awards:

South Coast Hospice

Tasha Fantastic Fudge

Port Shepstone Country Club

The beer tent entertainment began mid-afternoon with performances by local artists Brian and Mali and Laurence Bean.

This was followed by two hours of glitz and glamour involving the crowning of Miss South Coast 2015.

The evening entertainment then continued with performances by Durban-based the Antonio Ravell Band followed by the Gee Jays.

On Sunday morning, the first Lions Show MTB Classic­ Mountain bike race took place with both the start and finish of the race taking place in the main arena. - Supplied

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