Photo by Sean van Tonder
The 2016 South Coast Lions Show held at Port Shepstone Country Club over the weekend was a great success.
The event was supported by approximately 8000 locals and holiday makers, including Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, all of whom thoroughly enjoyed the wide variety of entertainment provided for the whole family.
The grounds layout provided good exposure for the 100 exhibitors and stallholders, both indoor and outdoor. There was ample parking right next to the show grounds and the toilet facilities were constantly maintained by a dedicated cleaning staff.
The electricity generators for the entertainment and catering tents were sponsored by Mascor and Multicrop Construction and diesel was sponsored by Wozani Fuels. Show organisers, The Lions Club of Port Shepstone, were extremely grateful for the sponsorship and support provided by main sponsors, UGU South Coast Tourism.
The Show started off with the traditional Lions’ “Laugh Out Loud” Comedy Evening on Thursday. Approximately 800 tickets were sold and the entertainment tent was packed.
The evening entertainment began with a superb performance by singer Dion Williamson. Qadasi (David Jenkins) accompanied by Maqhinga Radebe then provided the audience with an outstanding compilation of Maskandi songs.
Veteran comedian Mel Miller then took to the stage and provided hilarious stand up comedy, generating much laughter from the very festive audience. The evening ended off with an entertaining performance by well known local entertainer Winston Smile. The comedy evening was a great success and the organisers are most grateful for the support received from the many local companies who attended.
Friday, which is traditionally an exhibitor’s day, saw an increased number of visitors attending compared to the previous year.
This year’s Show once again provided a full fun fair with plenty of spectacular adrenaline rides. Show stand judges, led by Mr John Graham took time to visit all the stands and begin with the adjudication process.
Friday night’s entertainment started off with a performance by Durban’s top folk artist, Rowan Stuart accompanied by Andy Turrell followed by local band “Four 5 Seconds”. Popular Johannesburg band “Rubber Duc” then took to the stage and provided excellent music which was very well received by their hundreds of adoring fans.
The Saturday edition of the Show was, once again very well supported. Thousands of visitors started to stream through the gates shortly after opening time at 9am. Despite the heavy traffic entering the Country Club, there were no incidents reported.
Mix 93.8 FM, a Gauteng based community radio station that can also be tuned in via DStv Audio Channel 824, very kindly attended this year’s Show and provided live broadcasts on both the Saturday and the Sunday.
The arena entertainment schedule started off with the South Coast Strongman Competition which was well supported by several contestants who kept the crowds in awe with their exceptional strength and abilities.
This was followed by an entertaining dog agility display by the Hibiscus Kennel Club. The Circus Balloon then performed a number of exciting stunts and magical tricks which were enjoyed by both young and old.
The official opening ceremony also took place in the main arena. Guests of honour included Hibiscus Coast Mayor Cynthia Mcwebu, UGU Deputy Mayor Johnny De Wet, UGU South Coast Tourism Chairman John Irven and Lions District 410-C Governor Kin Van Wyk.
Hibiscus Coast Mayor Mcwebu addressed the audience, thanked the Lions for their fine efforts in community service and officially opened the Show. Port Shepstone Lions Club President Jeff Smith and South Coast Tourism Chairman John Irwin and District Governor Kim Van Wyk also addressed the audience and expressed their appreciation to all involved with this year’s Show.
This was followed by the official exhibitor prize giving ceremony. A total of 110 indoor and outdoor exhibits were on display at this year’s Show. The prize giving ceremony was followed by a very entertaining KZN Sharks Board demonstration, The Circus Balloon, pipers from the Margate Pipe Band and entertaining dance displays by “Phlex” and Maskhane Zulu Dancers.
The Beer Tent entertainment began mid afternoon with superb live performances by local Anton Roosterbrood and Winston Smile. This was followed by superb performances by Durban comedy act “The Glitter Girls” Johannesburg based band “The Dixie Hillbillies”.
On Sunday morning, the second annual Lions’ Show MTB Classic Mountain bike race took place with both the start and finish of the race taking place in the main arena.
The three categories, the 45km, 20km and kiddies race were very well supported, despite the cold and rainy weather conditions. The event was organised and run by Mandie Stander and the Burry Stander Foundation.
Gaby Frey organised a dog walk around the Country Club which ended with an agility display in the main arena. This was followed by another entertaining show by the Circus Balloon and a highly entertaining remote control Rally Cross race which continued through the afternoon until the closure of the arena at 4pm. Musicians The Revivaltons, Sax Café and Winston Smile provided superb performances in the Beer Tent throughout the course of the afternoon.
Lions Council Chairman Denis Meyer said: “Judging by the positive feedback received so far, the 2016 Show was a success. There are so many people who deserve recognition for making the event possible.
“The public who supported the Show en masse, the exhibitors/stallholders who worked very long hours, the various entertainers who really put on great shows for the audiences, live broadcasts during the mornings by Mix 93.8 FM Radio DJ’s Michael Catterson and Hein Keiser and the many cyclists who eagerly participated in the MTB Classic.
“Also, the very generous sponsors, our local press and also press from around the country, all the wonderful helpers who always come forward and worked very long hours, the Round Tablers from Sheppie 83 and Margate 46, Lions from the Reitz Lions Club in the Free State who travelled hundreds of km’s to assist at the Show and Lions from Hibberdene, Ramsgate and North Durban who assisted, Port Shepstone Country Club for the venue and of course the Port Shepstone Lions and Lion Ladies – the unsung heroes who gave of their time and means to make this project possible.
“Attendance figures were, once again impressive and the profits raised for charity will be announced once our treasurer has completed the massive task of finalising the accounts etc. The Port Shepstone Lions Club would like to thank the South Coast community and our visitors from all over South Africa for their much appreciated support.”
|Best Overall Stand on Show||SAP Forensics|
|Best Outdoor Stand on Show||1st Prize : SAP Forensics
2nd Prize : Roto Tank
3rd Prize : LSC Paving & Pools
|Best Indoor Stand on Show||1st Prize : Umtentweni Conservancy
2nd Prize : Mascor John Deere
3rd Prize : Turnkey Tools
|Best Motoring Stand on Show||1st Prize : Mazda
2nd Prize : South Coast Audi & VW
3rd Prize : County Ford
|Best Local Business Stand on Show||1st Prize : Battery-Tec
2nd Prize : Maser Security
3rd Prize : House of Paint
|Best Small Business Stand on Show||1st Prize : Come Dine With Dee
2nd Prize : Margo’s Biltong
3rd Prize : Artisan Breads
|Best Entrepreneur Stand on Show||1st Prize : Fountainman Water Features
2nd Prize : RALC
3rd Prize : Gallagher Steel Art
|Best School / College Stand on Show||Boston City Campus|
|Merit Awards||South Coast Hospice
Port Shepstone Country Club
SA Defence Force