The George Agricultural Show, brought to the public by the George Agricultural Society, is an institution stretching back many generations. Now in its 155th year, the show promises to be bigger and better than ever offering attracting for every taste and preference.
The show kicks off on Thursday with a tea for the ‘silver youth’ featuring the sweetheart of Afrikaans music, Sonja Herold. Other artists who will be performing over the three days of the show include names such as DJ Ossewa, Snotkop and Theuns Jordaan who is sure to draw crowds on Saturday evening. These performances, with the exception of the senior tea, are all included as part of the entry tickets.
As befitting any agricultural show, the aim of the show is to support and promote the agricultural sector of George and the surrounding areas while offering ample entertainment.
An agricultural show would be nothing without the horse show, Jersey and Simmentaler championships, the evaluation of the Merino and Döhne-merino herds, goats, poultry and pigeons. A career expo by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture will be sure to be informative and helpful to the younger generation of young and upcoming farmers.
There will be ample entertainment for the younger ones with tractor and pony rides, jumping castles, a fun park and merry go round and a performance by Klikkerland.
For the men (and women who can’t resist great machines) a display of tractors and farm implements will be a big drawing card while a display of vintage tractors will elicit a sense of nostalgia in many a show goer. On Saturday Rebel 4×4 George offers a fun day for all 4×4 enthusiast while the ladies can spend their morning listening to the phenomenal and inspirational Alison Botha or browse through the more than 200 stalls.
For Mountain Biking enthusiasts, the Jakhals MTB Challenge will take place on Saturday the 27th. The race starts on the farm Arends Rus and finishes on the Show Grounds and will form part of the Eden XCM series. Other competitions such a ‘toutrek’, ‘jukskei’ and darts will take place over the course of the weekend.
An attraction not to be missed is the Nuwe Graskoue Trappers, a dance group from Wuppertal in the Cederberg Mountains, won several medals during the 2015 WCOPA (The World Championship of Performing Arts) in Long Beach, California and will be performing over the course of the weekend.
You can watch more of their story here:
While the former George Cheese Festival moved to Wilderness to become the Wilderness Cheese and Wine Festival, the George Agricultural Show now host a food and wine pairing events at 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00 with tickets a mere R50.
The George Agricultural Show will take place on the George Showgrounds and gates will be open daily from 08:00 to 22:00. Entry tickets are a steal at R 40 per adult or R 20 per child. For those who can’t get enough of a good thing, weekend tickets are available at R 100 per adult and R 50 per child.
You can watch Hartland Broadcasting’s interview with the President of the George Agricultural Society, Gert Pretorius, here:
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