The third day of this year’s annual Bathurst Agricultural Show in the Eastern Cape of South Africa turned out to be the best day in terms of weather. Warm sunshine and blue skies greeted the hundreds of visitors creating a perfect day. Having paid our R50 (adults) entrance fee we set off to wander around the many and varied stalls selling everything from clothes, pet accessories, home grown food, crafts, gardening tools to toys. The crowds wandering around were made up of families, young people and a few well behaved dogs on leads.
The Bathurst Agricultural Show is spread out across the Bathurst Showgrounds located just outside the pretty village of Bathurst. There is plenty of parking available in the surrounding fields.
The show is very popular with the horse-riding fraternity with a big arena where the equestrian events take place. The horse-riding competitions cater for a number of different age groups and ability and attract people from far and wide to enter. The equestrian events include dressage and jumping competitions with prizes up for grabs for the winners. Other events include dog displays and an area set aside with fairground rides which was very popular with the younger ones.
Dotted around the whole Bathurst Show there are food and drink stalls selling everything from fresh koeksisters to prego rolls and kudu burgers. The smell of food certainly gets your taste buds going and it wasn’t long before we stopped to take a rest and enjoy some delicious food. Ice-cream stalls are also dotted about if you want to finish off your break with something refreshing and sweet.
There are lots of agricultural displays to look around including some very old tractors and farm machinery as well as brand new farm equipment. Many companies exhibit their products from solar panels to car companies showing off their latest 4×4’s.
We wandered up to see the pigs and piglets that were lazing around in their stys enjoying the sun many of whom had won awards in the various judging categories. Then we headed off to take a look around the various art and photography exhibitions. There were literally hundreds to look through ranging from junior art to professional artists work. Many of the paintings are for sale.
Overall we had a lovely time at the show and will be going back again next year.