BULAWAYO, Monday, August 25, 1966 — The 52nd Bulawayo Agricultural Show opens to the public today with a record entries in sheep, poultry, and horse sections, while cattle of all breeds exceed last year’s figure.
The show will be opened officially tomorrow by the minister of Agriculture, Mr G Rudland.
Mrs Zoe Shearer, the Show’s general manager, said yesterday that the display of agriculture would prove how any unseen effects of sanctions could be cushioned.
“For some tome the country has been faced with droughts and extreme destocking to relieve the position”, she said.
“Yet you have only to see how the farmers have triumphed.” Fat cattle from drought areas are on show and it is remarkable to see how they swop information and ideas instead of competing against one another”.
Innovations at the show this year include new fat stock pens, while the home industries section, with its crochet, children’s art display, cake stalls and copperware, has doubled in floor spaces in the De Beers Hall. The Cold Storage Commission has been sprucely designed with the theme that by products from the cattle industry ensure that nothing is wasted.
There is a variety of amusement for people of all ages. Jerry the Ox will be on display in the cattle area, and for 2s 6d, you may guess his weight. Prizes will be drawn from betting proceeds. There will be caged bird and dog shows and horse jumping. Cattle auctions will be supervised by the former Mayor of Gwelo, Clr B Tunmer.
The organisers have also provided a flower show, a national public speaking competition on Saturday at 3PM in the Young Farmers’ Hall and a band in the beer garden. Admission is free and the gates are open to the public every day from 10AM today. They close at 6PM.