Thumbs up for successful Royal Show

2015-06-08 09:47
Tayughe Lalbeharee enjoy being a human catapult the Royal Show yesterday. (Below) Kaela and Zach Neal said they really enjoyed the fire engines at this year’s Royal Show.

Tayughe Lalbeharee enjoy being a human catapult the Royal Show yesterday. (Below) Kaela and Zach Neal said they really enjoyed the fire engines at this year’s Royal Show. (Kailene Pillay)

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ALL indications point to success for this year’s Royal Agricultural Show, which ended yesterday, says show CEO Terry Strachan.

He said the exhibitors gave him a “reasonable thumbs up” after speaking to them yesterday.

The last day saw many people flocking to the show for their last bit of entertainment, food and goodies.

Around 450 exhibitors and 130 000 visitors added to the success of this year’s show, which started on May 29.

“The show was a great success especially the construction, agricultural and materials handling part.

“Some of those exhibitors said the number of visitors at the Royal Agricultural Show was better than those of the Nampo Agricultural Show in Free State and that in itself is a feather in our cap,” said Strachan.

He said the excellent feedback from the exhibitors indicated the “critical mass and credibility” of the Royal Show. The numbers from this year was on par with last year’s, he said.

Pietermaritzburg’s heavy winds last week resulted in the cancellation of the “popular” Working on Fire arena event.

“We had to cancel the Working on Fire arena event due to many of the personnel from that group having to attend actual fires in and around the city and province. It also wasn’t safe for the helicopters used during that demonstration due to the heavy winds,” he said.

The winds also enhanced the litter problem at the showgrounds.

“The winds definitely made the jobs of the cleaners more difficult too,” said Strachan.

He said the success of the show was thanks to the many stakeholders who were involved, especially the 300 volunteers. “The Royal Agricultural Show is a partnership between numerous stakeholders.

“The exhibitors, visitors, admin and volunteers make this show a success and I wish to thank them all.

“The show serves the community and adds value to the service, commercial and agricultural sectors in the province,” he said.

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