Count­do­wn: P­lett pre­pa­res for Ra­ging good ti­me in one week

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Nuus | News - Yo­lan­de S­tan­der

Vi­si­tors for li­fe

With on­ly a week to go until the 2018 P­lett Ra­ge stu­dent fes­ti­val, ex­ci­te­ment a­round the e­vent is moun­ting. T­hou­sands of s­chool le­a­vers are ex­pected to des­cend on P­let­ten­berg Bay from 30 No­vem­ber to 7 De­cem­ber for w­hat has be­co­me the big­ge­st fes­ti­val of its kind in the sout­hern he­mis­p­he­re. The fes­ti­val not on­ly pro­vi­des a boost of c­lo­se to R50mil­li­on to the lo­cal e­co­nomy e­ach y­e­ar but ac­cor­ding to lo­cal bu­si­nes­ses is an e­vent to ex­po­se the to­wn to fu­tu­re tou­ris­ts.

Ri­aan and Ru­an S­mit from the Yel­low Wood S­pur said t­hey, as a fa­mi­ly, “fell in lo­ve” with P­lett in 1995 du­ring their first vi­sit to the to­wn.

“Sin­ce then we ca­me back e­very y­e­ar and e­ven boug­ht a ho­li­day flat me­a­ning in­cre­a­sing our vi­sits to three ti­mes a y­e­ar.

We we­re tou­ris­ts way back then but for the last fi­ve y­e­ars we ha­ve ma­de P­lett our ho­me and that is why our es­ta­blishment, Yel­low Wood S­pur, is in­vol­ved (in the fes­ti­val)… We need mo­re tou­ris­ts e­very y­e­ar, so w­hat bet­ter start than being in­vol­ved with Ra­ge to in­tro­du­ce the youth to P­lett, so that t­hey will co­me back to P­lett for ma­ny y­e­ars to co­me,” the S­mits said.

The Yel­low Wood S­pur, al­ong with se­ver­al ot­her lo­cal bu­si­nes­ses, is part of the F­riends of the Fes­ti­val i­ni­ti­a­ti­ve.

The i­ni­ti­a­ti­ve was es­ta­blis­hed se­ver­al y­e­ars ago to max­i­mi­se op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal bu­si­nes­ses du­ring the fes­ti­val.

A­not­her F­riend of the Fes­ti­val is Charles Ro­berts of S­teers and De­bo­nairs. “As a bu­si­ness o­w­ner and a mem­ber of the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ty for a good few y­e­ars, I ha­ve wa­t­ched P­lett Ra­ge grow from a small fes­ti­val w­he­re fliers we­re being han­ded out on the be­ach to en­coura­ge vi­si­tors to at­tend the par­ties, to the mas­si­ve and well-or­ga­ni­sed e­vent it has be­co­me. It is with pri­de that our to­wn hos­ts t­his e­vent e­very y­e­ar.

“Ra­gers per­haps don’t re­a­li­se the mas­si­ve sup­port gi­ven by the P­lett com­mu­ni­ty. Ma­ny pe­op­le gi­ve un­sel­f­ishly of their ti­me and re­sour­ces to help en­s­u­re that the e­vent is sa­fe and success­ful, ul­ti­ma­te­ly re­sulting in a good ex­pe­rien­ce for the vi­si­tors to our to­wn. It is our ho­pe that the young vi­si­tors will go on to be­co­me li­fe­long vi­si­tors to P­lett, as ma­ny ge­ne­ra­ti­ons be­fo­re them ha­ve be­co­me,” Ro­berts said.

Sue van der Gaast of the P­lett Ski Bo­at Club agreed that the youth was the fu­tu­re of P­lett.

“The Ra­gers al­ways seem to ha­ve an a­we­so­me ex­pe­rien­ce in P­lett. The ho­pe is that t­hey will want to spend ma­ny fu­tu­re ho­li­days he­re and will e­ven­tu­al­ly be­co­me ho­me­o­w­ners and/or bu­si­ness o­w­ners in our to­wn,” Van der Gaast said.

“P­lett Ra­ge brings a hu­ge e­co­no­mic in­jecti­on but much mo­re than, in my o­pi­ni­on, it is the be­st-run e­vent in P­lett.”

To be­co­me a F­riend of the Fes­ti­val, con­tact Da­ron S­mit, An­dy S­mit or Lou­i­se W­hi­te­he­ad at The Worx on 044 533 0816 or send an e­mail to them on da­[email protected]­, an­[email protected] or lou­i­[email protected]

P­ho­to: E­wald S­tan­der

Next week, s­chool le­a­vers from all o­ver the coun­try will start flocking to P­let­ten­berg Bay for the an­nu­al P­lett Ra­ge stu­dent fes­ti­val, as did t­his bunch from Gau­teng last y­e­ar.

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