Mpumalanga launches its own show

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The first Mpumalanga Show will take place from August 31 to September 3 at the Mbombela stadium in Nelspruit. The Show will be the biggest event of its kind in the province and it will showcase the diverse agriculture, forestry, tourism, and wildlife offerings of Mpumalanga. 

The Mpumalanga Show will feature workshops and discussions aimed at enhancing dialogue in the agricultural industry, especially between government and farmers. Business breakfasts providing financial outlooks and panel discussions between government and farmers are on the morning programme. In the evenings visitors can enjoy the entertainment on offer, which includes Mango Groove, Majozi, Jo Black, Adam Tas, Ricus Nel, Jason Lee and Charlize Berg to name a few.

Vodacom will be sponsoring a Battle of the Bands where aspiring young rock bands will be given the opportunity to make a name for themselves.  The first ever Great Mpumalanga Bake-off will be presented as part of the Show by the Woman’s Agricultural Union.  The Province’s first Braai Master Competition will be held on September 1. Other events that will coincide with the Show include the Mud and Guts Mountain Bike race as well as Mpumalanga’s first real fancy Polo challenge which will be held at the Mbombela stadium.

 “We believe as a Mpumalanga show we have a unique opportunity to showcase this valuable industry to farmers, the general public and students looking for possible career paths,” said Lindi Botha, marketing manager, Mpumalanga Show.  “The subtropical fruits industry is responsible for bringing in much needed foreign exchange and the macadamia industry in itself is the second largest earner of forex in Mpumalanga after coal. This is also an industry that has grown rapidly over the last few years and we want to equip our farmers with whatever they need to ensure the sustainability and growth of this sector.”

Farmers can look forward to a wide variety of tractors, machinery and inputs on display. As the province with the highest concentration of subtropical fruit production this sector will receive special attention and a dedicated subtropical arena will provide a one stop shop for farmers looking for the latest innovations in inputs and processing equipment.

“We are bringing the farm to the masses in our livestock section. Wanda, the famous Simmentaler show cow of Willie O’Brien, will be on display to demonstrate the milking process and give visitors the never forgotten experience of tasting fresh milk. Sheep shearing will also take place and spectators will be able to witness the spinning process on a loom and wool spinning wheel,” concluded  Botha.

Outdoor enthusiasts will delight in the latest 4×4’s, motorbikes, mountain bikes and off-road vehicles. A 4×4 course is specially being built for the Show by the Lowveld 4×4 club so adventure seekers can test drive their dream SUV’s on site.

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