110th mile­stone for Bathurst Agri­cul­tural Show this year

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THIS year’s Bathurst Agri­cul­tural Show is the 110th show to take place at the Bathurst Show­grounds and will run from Fri­day April 6 to Sun­day April 8.

The show, the prov­ince’s old­est, big­gest and long­est-run­ning show, has al­lowed the or­gan­is­ers, the Bathurst Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety (BAS), to help sur­round­ing com­mu­nity mem­bers with de­vel­op­ment projects.

Through the show, BAS is able to help by pro­vid­ing ad­di­tional em­ploy­ment and in­come dur­ing the pre­and post-show pe­riod.

Tourism is also equally boosted as an es­ti­mated 12000 vis­i­tors are at­tracted to the area each year cre­at­ing sup­port for lo­cal busi­nesses with much-needed fund­ing.

“Where Town and Coun­try Meet” is the show’s motto and is demon­strated by an av­er­age of 180 stand­hold­ers from near and far.

There is con­sid­er­able ex­cite­ment from vis­i­tors as they tour the mar­ket stalls each year, bring­ing the show­grounds to life as the stall­hold­ers dis­play their ex­ten­sive range of prod­ucts – from heavy-duty farm­ing equip­ment to home­made arts and crafts, which of­ten re­sults in busi­ness part­ner­ships be­ing formed, trad­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties fur­thered and the cross-sec­tion of ideas tak­ing place.

Although there is far more to see at the show, cat­tle and other live­stock re­main the rea­son for the show’s ex­is­tence.

Qual­ity live­stock, com­pris­ing of a vast se­lec­tion of cat­tle, sheep, pigs and poul­try com­pete for prizes and mag­nif­i­cent and pres­ti­gious tro­phies.

The ever-pop­u­lar auc­tion al­lows buy­ers to be­come own­ers of stud and com­mer­cial cat­tle.

There is also com­pe­ti­tion by lo­cal pineap­ple farm­ers who chal­lenge one an­other to dis­cover who can pro­duce the best fruit. And the na­tional stan­dard eques­trian events draw more than 100 horses and their ac­com­plished riders to oc­cupy the main arena for an ex­tra day.

Amaz­ing tal­ents and skills are dis­played in a home in­dus­tries hall with a wide range of of cat­e­gories – from adult and ju­nior art, pho­tog­ra­phy, quilt­ing, needle­work, flo­ral dec­o­rat­ing, farm pro­duce, leather­work to wood­work just to name a few.

The home in­dus­tries sec­tion is one of the few that still ex­ist at agri­cul­tural shows, and the di­verse ex­hibits are judged ac­cord­ing to the high­est stan­dards ap­pli­ca­ble and prizes are awarded in the form of tro­phies and items gen­er­ously do­nated by lo­cal busi­nesses and the pub­lic.

There will also be plenty of en­ter­tain­ment and fun for all ages with minia­ture train trips around the grounds, an ex­cit­ing funfair, paint­ball, quad­bike rides, jump­ing cas­tles, face paint­ing, a me­chan­i­cal bull, an army ob­sta­cle course, Tiger Ti­tans mini-cricket, as well as pop­u­lar games, such as sack races and egg-and-spoon races.

In ad­di­tion, there will be a vast ar­ray of de­li­cious meals and tempt­ing tasty treats sup­plied by nu­mer­ous food kiosks. How long has it been since you tasted “mo­erkoffie”? Or freshly baked koek­sis­ters or melk­tert?

The show also features vin­tage trac­tor and clas­sic car pa­rades, an in­cred­i­ble dog show, sheep shear­ing demon­stra­tions, school bands and a Scot­tish bag­piper.

For those who view the show as the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to catch up and re­lax with friends, old and new, the two pubs – the Bull’s Inn and the Horse and Plough – are where one finds friends, as well as live lo­cal mu­sic.

Sur­vival of the Bathurst Agri­cul­tural Show has al­ways re­lied upon the muchap­pre­ci­ated vol­un­teers, as well as the sup­port of spon­sors, be it ei­ther fi­nan­cially or by kindly do­nat­ing prizes to­wards the nu­mer­ous com­pe­ti­tions.

“The so­ci­ety is most grate­ful for their as­sis­tance and gen­eros­ity and hopes for con­tin­ued sup­port in the many years to come,” BAS pres­i­dent Danny Wepener said.

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