The 2017 Bathurst Agricultural Show to be held on Friday the 31st March, Saturday 1st and Sunday the 2nd April is the Society’s 109th Show and is the largest and one of the oldest in the Eastern Cape.
6th of March 1850 marks the birth of The Bathurst Agricultural Show, the Society’s annual and much anticipated three day fundraising event.
Where Town and Country Meet is the Show’s motto and is demonstrated by an average of 180 Standholders from near and far. They bring the Showgrounds to life by marketing their extensive range of products from heavy duty farming equipment to homemade arts and crafts which often results in business partnerships being formed, trading opportunities furthered and the cross-section of ideas taking place.
Maintaining the agricultural side of the show, quality livestock large and small, comprising of a vast selection of cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry compete for prizes and our magnificent trophies. Furthermore the popular and prestigious auction allows buyers to become owners of the stud and commercial cattle.
Joining in on the competitions pineapple farmers challenge one another to discover who can produce the best while national standard equestrian events draw over 100 horses and their accomplished riders which occupy the main arena for an extra day.
Amazing talents and skills are displayed in a Home Industries hall with categories widely ranging from adult and junior art, photography, quilting, needlework, floral decorating, farm produce, leatherwork to woodwork just to name a few. Our Home Industries Section is one of the few that still exist at Agricultural Shows and the diverse exhibits are judged according to the highest standards applicable and prizes are awarded in the form of trophies and items generously donated by local businesses and the public.
Plentiful entertainment and fun is provided for all ages with miniature train trips around the grounds, an exciting funfair, paintball, quad bike rides, jumping castles, face painting, mechanical bull, army obstacle course, Tiger Titans mini cricket and popular games such as sack races and egg and spoon.
In addition to the vast array of delicious meals and tempting tasty treats supplied by numerous food kiosks, enjoyable highlights which also attract the approximately 10 000 visitors to the Bathurst Agricultural Show include the vintage tractor and classic car parade, incredible dog show, sheep shearing, school bands and the Scottish Bag-piper.
For those that view the show as the perfect opportunity to catch up and relax with friends old and new our two pubs the ‘Bull’s Inn’ and the ‘Horse and Plough are where one finds many a “Boet and Swaer” story flowing forth as live local music talent plays late into the memorable nights.
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Beside the opportunity to exhibit and trade, the Society calls for entries each year through a comprehensive Catalogue inviting potential participants to compete in their specific field. The categories cover a broad spectrum of farming methods, arts, crafts, and home industries such as a Horse Section; Cattle Section; Small Stock Section; Pineapple Section; Best Conserved Farm; Best Agricultural Invention; Art; Photography; Baking; Home Craft; to name but a few. If you wish to download the Catalogue and further information go to the drop down pages below ‘Bathurst Show page” on the Main Menu Bar.
Each section is judged according to the highest standards applicable and prizes are awarded in the form of trophies together with items generously donated by local business and the public.
The Horse Section boasts a proud partnership with the Agricultural Society throughout its history ensuring that high standards of equestrian events and coaching are continued and encouraged by a new generation of South Africans.