(Sean van Tonder)
The Lions’ Agricultural Show, the Lions Hibiscus Coast Show, or the Lions’ South Coast Show – whatever its name has been in the past, the Hibiscus Coast’s annual trade show has always been a great success.
Now, in its 31st year of operation, the South Coast Lions Show wears a modern look, appealing to a whole new generation of show visitors.
The Lions’ show has, for the past three decades, been organised and run by the Port Shepstone Lions Club. The show was originally the brainchild of Lion Louis Marx, who convened the event for a number of years. All of the proceeds of this event are ploughed back into local community service projects.
During the 80’s and 90’s the show formed an important part of the Hibiscus Festival program. Today, thanks to a partnership with Ugu South Coast Tourism, the event forms part of the Winter Holidays/Sardine Festival program.
Up until three years ago, the event was always held at the Port Shepstone borough fields however, owing to the deteriorating facilities at the borough fields, the club decided to move the event to the Port Shepstone Country Club cricket oval. The organisers are most grateful to the Country Club Committee and members for allowing the use of their facilities.
An exciting arena and entertainment program utilising as much local talent as possible is planned for this year’s show. A full fun fair with plenty of adrenaline rides for the whole family will also form part of this year’s event.
The second annual Lions’ Mountain Bike Classic Race, organised by the Burry Stander Foundation, will take place on the Sunday morning which will attract cyclists and their families from all over the country.
Mix 93.8 FM, Gauteng’s fastest growing radio station will also be broadcasting live from the Show on both the Saturday and the Sunday – their first ever broadcast outside the Gauteng area.
The South Coast Lions Show is now recognised as the perfect showcase for Hibiscus Coast businesses and stands are usually always fully booked well before the show.
The judging of the stands is performed by an independent panel of judges. Trophies and certificates are awarded to stallholders for the following categories: Best Overall Stand, Best Outdoor Stand, Best Indoor Stand, Best Marketed Stand, Best Motor Dealer, Best Local Business, Best Small Business, Best School Stand.
This event is not a flea market and organisers encourage exhibitors to build professional stands which are in line with the theme of a trade expo. Stand bookings can be made through Lion Lady Jane Massey on 039 682 0957 or email email@example.com.
The event will be held from 15th – 17th July which coincides with the winter school holidays and Sardine Festival making it an ideal opportunity to promote our local businesses to the thousands of holiday makers who will be visiting the coast.
This year the event is being well marketed in areas such as Gauteng and the Free State as well as major centres in KZN such as Durban and Pietermaritzburg thus attracting as many visitors as possible from up country and ensuring that money is ploughed into our local economy.
For more information, follow the Lions on Facebook or visit the official Lions Show website: http://lionsshow.sheppielions.co.za.