THE Harare Agricultural Show opened on a low note yesterday as has always been the situation with the first day.
By late yesterday afternoon, some exhibitors were still putting final touches to their stands.Most exhibitors usually start working on their stands on the first day of the show.
Most exhibitors interviewed said they did not expect much business on the first day.
Zimbabwe Agriculture Society spokesperson Ms Heather Madombwe said by late afternoon yesterday 1 495 people had attended excluding exhibitors and volunteers compared to last year’s 1 335.
“It is our expected first date attendance number and we are generally pleased. Sandra Ndebele and Kapfupi will entertain the crowds today,” she said.
Show organisers say since the show was running concurrently with the UNWTO in Victoria Falls, it was impossible for some companies to exhibit at both functions
She said there were 300 cattle entries this year compared to last years’ 268.
On August 29 there would be a bull show with viewing of the bulls starting on Sunday.
The Mukono Bull Sale would see 45 quality bulls of five different breeds selected from 10 registered breeders being sold.
This year, show-goers would also be treated to Zimbabwe Defence Forces displays, drum majorettes, fireworks displays, dances from different groups among other things and music from various musicians including the Chimbetus, Peter Moyo and Winky D.
This year’s show is running from August 23 to 31 under the theme “Environmental, Entrepreneurial, Educational”.
Children under the age of 12 pay US$1 and adults US$5.