When it comes to agriculture in South Africa, Agri Mega Week is a not-to-be-missed event. The Expo has been created to showcase the various aspects of the agricultural industry. With so many things to see and do at the expo, this is a fun day out for the whole family. From farm equipment for sale to workshops, the expo is packed full of useful products and activities.
History of Agri Mega Week
The Agri Mega Week dates back to 1993 when it started out as a farmer’s day. Since its humble beginnings it gained popularity as an annual event. The farmer’s day expanded into a larger expo in 2003 and it is now one of the largest expos of its kind in the southern region of the country.
Focussed on the agricultural industry, this event promotes sustainability and food security with those involved in agriculture being able to benefit from attending the livestock exhibitions and breed presentations at the expo.
Agricultural equipment is also a focus of this event with the latest farm equipment for sale on display. Other items of interest include demonstrations on sheep shearing and hoof trimming.
Agri Mega Week Schedule
The must attend event when it comes to agriculture in South Africa, the schedule is action packed. The Mega Herbal Fair is just one of the exciting daily activities that you can expect to see in September. The fair includes herbal exhibitions with demonstrations as well as informational talks.
Dr Bertie Horak, who is a medical herbalist, will be speaking at the event. In this section of the show you can get the opportunity to buy a wide range of herbs and seedlings as well as spices. If you want to learn more about herbs, this section of the expo is perfect for you.
There is a wide range of exciting entertainment at the Agri Mega Week. Snake and Reptile shows are just some of the fun things that you can expect to see. Solid Grip Adventures will also showcase off-road go-carts at the Expo while Toyota offers an urban 4×4 track experience.
The adventurous at heart will enjoy the 4×4 obstacle demonstration where you can see these capable vehicles being put to the test. Whether you are looking to buy a 4×4 or you are interested in the capabilities of these durable vehicles, head to the Toyota demonstrations to see what their 4x4s can do.
During the event agricultural equipment, such as tractors, will be on display. Bredasdorp Veteran Tractor Group will showcase their machinery through demonstrations and parades. If you are interested in tractors, make sure you stop by the Expo to see the parade. Don’t miss out on the pet expo where you can see breed presentations which allow you to understand your pet better. The pet expo is a great event for young and old who want to learn more about pet breeds.
Offering so much more than just farm equipment for sale, there are opportunities to get creative at the Agri Mega Week. At the South African Cape Wools section of the show you can learn more about needle felt with Karen and Wel felting with Mignon. As part of this fun family event there is a colouring competition from Wednesday to Friday which grade 1 to 3 learners can participate in. For the little ones in your family, this is an exciting activity to be part of.
Highlights of the 2016 Agri Mega Week
While there are daily activities running throughout the show, like the agricultural equipment on display, there are also particular events scheduled for each day. It is advisable to take a look at the schedule first so that you don’t miss out on attending the day with the events that you want to see the most.
The main events on Wednesday are the Overberg Jersey Show and, in support of agriculture in South Africa, the Agri SA Drought Relief Fundraiser. There is plenty to see and do on Thursday. The schedule for this day includes Western Cape Arabier Championship and a herbal high tea.
A highlight of Friday is the Nedbank Water Information day. The Western Cape Arabier Championship and Farm Worker Program is scheduled for Friday too. If you are looking for a fun way to start the weekend off don’t miss out on the Friday night of Agri Mega Week. The evening entertainment features Mega Dance with DJ Willem.
Make sure that you get a ticket for Saturday if you want to see the Mega Horse and Pony Show or the South African Boerboel National Championship. For a relaxing and social activity, you can take part in the Mega PETex 5km fun run. If you are looking for a more serious athletic event, take part in the 30 km MTB challenge. The MTB 30 km challenge is an opportunity to test your fitness levels against other athletes.
Food and ticket prices
For hungry visitors there is a food court with a variety of delicious cuisine. There is also craft beer and mampoer for sale. In the food section you will find Ruens Kollege Steakhouse as well as the Bistro and Wine bar.
Make sure that you check out the farmstalls before you head home. With plenty of tasty produce on offer, the farm stalls are a firm family favourite. You can expect to see lifestyle exhibitions during this event which feature outdoor living.
The Agri Mega Week is scheduled to take place from the 14th to the 17th of September this year. A day pass for adults costs R80 while children between the ages of 3 and 12 pay R10. Children under 3 enter the show for free. Pensioners pay R70 while tickets for scholars cost R30. Opening times for the show is 9:00 until 17:00 from Wednesday to Friday and 8:00 to 16:00 on Saturday.
The spectacular event that is built around the agricultural industry is held at Mega Park in Bredasdorp. The venue is located 169 km from Cape Town International Airport. With restaurants and attractions in the vicinity of Mega Park, you will have plenty of things to see and do if you decide to attend the event. Sponsors and partners of the event include Standard Bank, Plaas Publishing and Agruma. Santam Agriculture are also behind the event.
Whether you are in the market for agricultural equipment or just looking for a fund (and yummy) day out with the family, Agri Mega Week is worth attending. Join members of the agricultural community in September to socialise as well as learn more about agriculture in South Africa. Fun activities for the kids and delicious food, make the expo a great family outing.
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