Thursday, 7 October 2010

The Uniondale Show

Locally famous, the Uniondale Show was held this year at the Uniondale showgrounds on the 3rd and 4th of October. The show offers a chance for people who normally only come to town once a week to shop or go to church a chance to socialize and be entertained. The show is a real taste of life in this part of the world – agriculture and farm products, dog shows, sheep shearing and cattle are on display. Children have their faces painted, play on the bungee, ride quad-bikes. This is all set to the backdrop of Afrikaans folk-music. Local food also ranges from hot dogs, to full gourmet braai (bbq) grills – with lamb chops and boerewors.

The main attractions of the show are the horse trials: mainly dressage, but featuring everyone from toddlers to the towns oldest and most refined. One of the towns most notable local ‘barons’ is Mr Johan Loech, and he is a locally reknowned horse breeder. In its day, the show attracted riders from across the Cape, but most events now feature only a handful of participants.

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