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With the focus on introducing ‘town to country’ and affording guests an educational and fun-filled experience; the 169th Royal Show opens its gates on Friday, 24 May.

Aside from agriculture, the Royal Show continues to cater for a broad mix of 450 or so commercial, industrial and service sector exhibits, including informative and professional displays by the SANDF and SAPS, amongst others. Indeed, #somethingforeveryone.

No visit to the Royal Show is complete without entertainment, and 2019 again promises to excite the senses and ensure a memorable time for young and old.

Africa’s Largest Mixed Agricultural Show

The Royal is South Africa’s largest mixed agricultural show in terms of catering for livestock and equipment. In 2019, this includes the hosting of the Hampshire Down National Sheep and National Dexter Cattle Championships.

The large presence of agricultural implements is of interest to farmers and the public alike, and the occasion is frequently used for introducing new models and brands.

Included in the 2019 Royal Show mix is KZN’s largest annual display of Birds, Rabbits and Honey products, each of which includes a purchase and educational component; this to complement the Natural Wool and Fibre Expo and display of Indigenous Livestock in the Sheep Section.

Royal Show: Music and More

Over the years, the annual entertainment programme is acknowledged to afford the public with a high-quality mix of sights, sounds and activities aimed at stimulating the senses, and ensuring a memorable time for young and old, whilst catering for all genres.

Music, in particular, plays a major part in the Royal Show; with individual music concerts each aspiring to meet the tastes of KZN’s eclectic demographic mix.

Visitors can look forward to:

  • The East Coast Radio Royal Rock Concert, featuring Sutherland, Holly Rey, Kyle Deutsch and Goodluck on Saturday afternoon, 25 May.
  • The Royal Symphony Concert on Sunday morning, 26 May, themed Power of the March to the elegance of the Waltz.
  • The RSG Concert on Sunday afternoon, 26 May, featuring Tussen Sterre, Sonja Herholdt, Snotkop and Ricus Nel.
  • The Hindvani FM Extravaganza will see a fusion of entertainment of mixed
    entertainment on Saturday evening, 1 June.
  • The afternoon of Sunday, 2 June, wraps up the Royal Show with the Sisonke Concert, a mix of entertainment with a jazz theme.
  • A full equestrian programme including Boerperd, Show-Jumping, Dressage, Childrens and National Showing Classes.
  • The return – on the second weekend of the show – of the Harvard aerobatic display, under the banner of the ‘Puma Flying Lions’.
  • The evening of Saturday, 1 June will see the return of the ‘Monster Flight Night Show’ incorporating local and international freestyle Motocross riders performing the latest stunts. A professional display of the highest order, incorporating pyrotechnics for effect.
  • Also returning in 2019, is the Royal Demolition Derby, where a team of professional stock car racers take on each other, by way of motorised destructive power.
  • With the focus on creating awareness, Working on Fire will be hosting three lunch hour demonstrations for school children.
  • An interactive ‘Strong Man Display’, allowing for the participation of youngsters, is scheduled to take place on two occasions during the course of the final weekend of the Show.
  • Saturday, 25 May, will see Husqvarna ‘Bring out the Manne’; a combination of fun and skill including log sawing, axe throwing, sawdust clearing, and a mini ride-on race.
  • Sunday morning, 2 June, will see the main arena hosting the schools ‘Rock ‘n Royal Marimba Fest’. The talent of these youngsters, and the visceral tone and uniqueness of this African instrument, will ensure a pleasing experience for any member of the audience.
  • The regional leg of the Powasol Enduro-X champion series will – under the auspices of Motorsport South Africa – again take place in the Cattle Arena on Saturday,1 and Sunday, 2 June.
  • The ‘Cattle Gold Cup Parade’ where upwards of a hundred of the crème de la crème of South Africa’s livestock will be paraded in the main arena prior to the presentation of awards. This will take place early on Wednesday evening, 29 May, and the spectacular occasion is open to all.
  • KZN dog agility trials on Friday, 31 May, and Saturday, 1 June.
  • The River Stage will include a mix of informative entertainment including ‘Shark Dissections‘ and the appearance of the ‘Russian Scientist’ by way of conducting a range of educational, but fun-filled experiments.
  • Skydiving displays on Saturday, 25 May and Sunday, 2 June.
  • The return of the Karkloof Canopy Zipline, as well as the province’s largest funfair;
  • This, and much, much more!

Oh Wait There’s More!

Following a break of three years, an upgraded Bagjump will be returning to the show for the first six days. Experience the thrill of the ‘Freefall’ – a no strings attached jump into a giant inflatable landing mattress, from a 18 m high Scissor Lift platform; not too far off the height of a 5-storey building.

The 2019 Royal Show will also be including 20 x 10 metre skating rink, sufficiently large enough to cater for sixty skaters. Although not constructed from ice, the artificial fibre surface in every way resembles and replicates the ‘feel’ of the genuine article.

Visitors from the Greater Durban area may be interested in combining a visit to the Show, by way of a train journey, departing and returning to the Kloof Station.

Focused on adding value to exhibitors and visitors alike, gate entry will be R45 for all persons on both Fridays of the Show. In addition, 31 May, will be known as ‘Super Friday’, where a number of exhibitors and caterers, including the funfair, will be offering special discounted packages.

Thanks to Our Sponsors and Partners

The 2019 Royal Show acknowledges with appreciation its partnership with Coca-Cola Beverages, First National Bank (FNB), and East Coast Radio (ECR).

In addition to these fine sponsors, the Royal Show would also like to express gratitude to its media partners.

Buy Your Tickets Online!

Affording visitors with an all-inclusive package of enjoyment, education and entertainment, the 2019 Royal Show is sure to meet expectations. Online tickets sales are now open – so avoid the queues, and get yours now!

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