The 111th Bathurst show, first launched by the Bathurst Agricultural Society on 6 March 1850, will take place on 5, 6 and 7 April.

The theme of this year’s show ‘Where town and country meet’ is well demonstrated by the 180 exhibitors who come from near and far. The exhibitors bring the showgrounds to life with an extensive range of products from heavy duty farming equipment to homemade arts and crafts. The show provides excellent opportunities for business networking, trading and exchanging ideas.

Quality livestock from the cattle, sheep, pig and poultry sectors compete for prizes and the show’s magnificent trophies. Stud and commercial cattle are up for sale at the Bathurst show’s popular and prestigious auction.

At the show’s competitions pineapple farmers meet the challenge to see who can produce the top pineapple, while national standard equestrian events draw over 100 horses and riders and occupy the main arena for an extra day.

In the home industries hall, amazing talent and skill is on display in a range of categories from art and photography to quilting, needlework, floral decorating, farm produce, leatherwork and woodwork. The Bathurst show’s home industries section is one of the few that still exist at agricultural shows and the exhibits are judged to the highest standards.

The show puts on entertainment for all ages with miniature train trips, a funfair, paintball, quad bike rides, jumping castles, face painting, a mechanical bull, an army obstacle course, Tiger Titans mini cricket and popular games such as sack races and egg-and-spoon races.

There is an array of delicious meals and snacks available at the food kiosks to cater for the 10 000 visitors to the show. Other highlights are the vintage tractor and classic car parade, the dog show, sheep shearing events, school bands and Scottish bagpipes.

The Bathurst show is where people catch up with old friends and meet new ones. The show’s two pubs the ‘Bull’s Inn’ and the ‘Horse and Plough’ are open for meetings and story swapping with live local music talent playing late into the night.

Visit www.bathurstshow.co.za or contact Candy at bathhursthorseshow@gmail.com.

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