For the first time after a two-year absence, visitors from far and wide can look forward to a packed Bloem Show.
The sharp increase in fuel prices and the Covid-19 pandemic are two major factors that needed to be considered in repositioning Bloem Show as a catalyst flagship initiative towards economic recovery. Both influenced the decision-making of travelling visitors and the various exhibitors.
Elmarie Prinsloo, chief executive officer of Bloem Show, says the past two years were challenging.
“Certainly an era no one predicted – but here we are, still standing strong, and grateful to spend time with great people and to be with our loved ones, as well as being able to present Bloem Show 2022,” says Prinsloo.
“This opportunity was granted on condition that visitors have to present a vaccination certificate or negative Covid-19 test result on admission.”
The organisers will ensure that all Covid-19 safety regulations are in place.
The annual consumer event returns to the calendar after being called off in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.
Exhibitors from all corners of the country are expected to descend on Bloemfontein for this year’s event, which is themed “The Jungle” and will officially open on 27 April.
It will be the 137th show since its inception in 1883, founded with the main objective of promoting agriculture as one of the main economic drivers in not only the central region, but also the rest of the country. Prior to the disruption due to the pandemic, the event had only been cancelled during the Second World War.
Over the years, the show’s sustainable growth has resulted in it becoming more diverse, and one of the two largest shows in the country which still successfully combines commercial activities and agriculture. In recent years it attracted about 100 000 visitors throughout the duration of the show.
This year there are 29 rides at the amusement park, which will be open daily during the show, which runs until 7 May.
The national saddlebred championship, with four American judges and participants from across the country, will also be presented again this year.
As usual, Bloem Show offers a packed entertainment programme with artists such as Early B, Snotkop, Juanita and Franja du Plessis and Ruan Josh, as well as Refentse and Dillon Lerm, and show favourites for the children like Lollos.
Visit bloemskou.co.za for information on ticket prices and the full programme.