The Mpumalanga Show will see agriculture, forestry, wildlife and tourism in the province take centre stage. Taking place for the first time this year from 31 August to 3 September at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, the Mpumalanga Show will be the biggest event of its kind in the province.
According to project manager, Werner Martin, the Mbombela Stadium is the perfect venue to host a show of this size as it offers ample space and world-class facilities. “The outside sections of the stadium will host all the latest farming machinery, livestock and live shows, while the indoor area is reserved for art and knifemaking exhibitions, cheese and wine tasting at the Italian Village and lifestyle exhibitions, to name but a few.”
Martin says the nature of Mpumalanga’s agricultural sector means that it is both diverse and niche in that it includes many industries not found in other provinces. “This makes the show interesting, and it means our farmers have an event they can go to where their needs are catered for within their own province. It also has an educational value, as the public can gain a better understanding of what makes our agricultural and forestry sectors tick.”
New inventions will be on display at the show and will include macadamia nut processing equipment, solar technology and the latest seed cultivars. Finland is putting up a Finnish village to showcase the latest in forestry technology and there is a team from Russia that will introduce their tractor industry to South Africa.
There will be a special focus on emerging farmers and workshops on topics like financing, aquaculture and general farm management will be on offer. The show is also collaborating with local communities to prepare them for the its farmers’ market, where they will be afforded the opportunity to learn more about marketing and presenting their produce.
The Women’s Agricultural Union will provide an educational exhibit showcasing Mpumalanga’s farm produce and the journey it takes from farm, to market to fork. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the general public and school learners to see how their plate of food is really put together. This, in partnership with our career exhibition, will give secondary school learners a chance to understand the value chain and find possible careers in our food industry,” said Martin.
The Ladies Glam Tent will provide a special opportunity for some me time for the women. Designer dresses and underwear, nail and Botox® bars as well as fashion advice from the leading experts will be on offer. Mothers can leave their children in the access-controlled play arena where the kids can delight in mud pie competitions, obstacle courses and giant jumping castles.
The show will end on a high note with the Spring Glamour Polo event on 3 September. Four of the best teams in South Africa will take part in the matches. Between the beautiful horses in action and the glitz of fashion on the red carpet, it is set to be one of the most memorable events this year!
The Mpumalanga Show will not neglect outdoor enthusiasts and the latest 4x4s, motorbikes, mountain bikes and any off-road vehicles will delight adventure seekers. Outdoor equipment like caravans, tents and camping equipment will be on show and a special Man Cave section will display the latest in hunting rifles and archery equipment. An archery tournament will also take place during the weekend, led by ex-rugby player, Danie Rossouw. – Press release
For more information, visit www.mpumalangashow.com.