Fam­i­lies en­joy bond­ing over crafts and candy at the Royal Show

The Witness - - NEWS - CHELSEA PIETERSE

IT’S a case of so far so good at this year’s Royal Agri­cul­tural Show.

The show­grounds bus­tled with ac­tiv­ity yes­ter­day with some vis­i­tors trav­el­ling from Dur­ban to marvel over the ar­ray of ex­hibits, crafts and food mar­kets. By 10 am yes­ter­day morn­ing, the show­grounds were abuzz with peo­ple crowd­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion halls, look­ing at all that was on of­fer and en­joy­ing the mild weather.

From fur­ni­ture to art, food, crafts and much more, show­go­ers walked around the grounds look­ing for new and in­ter­est­ing stands.

A Kloof cou­ple, Brian and Pam Suck­ling, were found brows­ing the many dif­fer­ent homemade jams in the craft hall, next to scores of colour­ful and bright quilts hang­ing from the walls and stair­wells.

The cou­ple said it was their first day at this year’s show and they had en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence “im­mensely”.

“We come to the Royal Show ev­ery year and we al­ways en­joy it,” said Pam.

“We love the at­mos­phere and drove from Kloof this morn­ing specif­i­cally to visit the show.”

Brian said the high point of the show for him were the wood­work crafts as he had en­joyed do­ing wood­work him­self, with some of his work ap­pear­ing at the Show dur­ing previ­ ous years.

A Pi­eter­mar­itzburg mother and daugh­ter were also found en­joy­ing the show, bond­ing over candy at one of the food stalls.

Eileen Bloem and Ros­alie Ak­er­man said they had had a lovely day at the show, es­pe­cially as the grounds were a lit­tle qui­eter than they had been over the week­end.

“It is lovely to­day. I have had time to see the ex­hi­bi­tions. My favourite is the fudge. I have a sweet tooth,” said Bloem with a smile.

Ak­er­man said she had brought her chil­dren to the show over the week­end and that they had en­joyed ev­ery sec­ond they had spent at the grounds.

“The kids loved it and I love any­ thing that my chil­dren en­joy,” said Ak­er­man. “Per­son­ally, I en­joy com­ing to the show to look at the jewellery but oth­er­wise I come for my chil­dren.”

The Po­lice Search and Res­cue div­ing stand at­tracted at­ten­tion as divers waved from the win­dows of a large tank filled with wa­ter.

Po­lice search and res­cue dog Chaz also at­tracted quite a bit of at­ten­tion with his fluffy coat, and warm na­ture. • chelsea.pieterse@wit­ness.co.za

PHOTO: IAN CARBUTT

Pi­eter­mar­itzburg Search and Res­cue divers Con­sta­ble Busi Mjwara and Sergeant Fred­er­ick Brand show­case their div­ing skills at the Royal Show yes­ter­day.

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