IT’S almost time for the Bathurst Agricultural Show, the Eastern Cape’s oldest and biggest agricultural show which takes place on April 6 to April 8 at the Bathurst Showgrounds.
First, there is the sheep shearing competition, carried out by experienced world champions, and that is always a crowd pleaser.
But the show is not just about cattle and other animals. There are a host of other activities that will keep you entertained over the entire weekend.
The home industries section is always very popular with both contributors and patrons and this year will highlight some of the amazing talent we have here in the Eastern Cape, from works of art, through floral artworks to homemade cookies, the Bathurst Show has it all.
For the artists among us, the show welcomes you to bring your paintings or drawings to be judged by professional judges. This is the ideal venue to expose your work and get recognition. Paintings may also be sold at the show.
“The Bathurst Show is the only show in the province where artwork will get constructive criticism,” said Louise Hepburn of the Bathurst Agricultural Society who is assisting in coordinating the show.
Artists may get entry forms at www.bathurstshow.co.za or they can be collected at the Bathurst show Grounds office or Sew Smart off van der Riet Street in Port Alfred by March 28. All paintings must be delivered to the Home Industries Art Gallery/ Bathurst Show Grounds by Tuesday April 3. Please note that no late entries will be accepted.
Paintings will be hung on Wednesday April 4 and judging will take place on Thursday April 5. For any queries please contact the head art steward on 079-197-6031 or (046) 625-9060.
As for general entertainment, there are performers to suit every taste. From the “dark queen” stylings of Anne Jangle to displays and exhibitions by the Bathurst Ballroom Dancers, belly dancers and even Elizabeth Ford and her Welsh Mountain Ponies.
There will also be performances by Armand the Singing Cowboy, DJ Dusk Live Music and DJ, Anthony Caplan, Gary Botha, Christa Steyn, Graeme College Steel Band and the Old Andrean Scottish Bag Pipers.
There is also the presentation of the Mangold Trophy. This is a very prestigious award, presented at the Bathurst Show by the Bathurst Conservation Committee which is one of the longest functional committees in the Eastern Cape. This trophy is awarded to a farmer and is judged annually by the committee based on the best conserved and utilised farm.
The other trophy also awarded by this committee is the most improved farmer, ie, a farmer who started with nothing and built his/her farm up.