The 2018 South Coast Lions’ Show that took place at Port Shepstone Country Club over the weekend was supported by approximately 7500 locals and holiday makers, all of whom enjoyed a wide variety of entertainment for the whole family.
The grounds layout provided good exposure for the 88 exhibitors and stallholders, both indoor and outdoor.
Show organisers, Port Shepstone Lions Club, were extremely grateful for the sponsorship and support provided by main sponsors, Ugu South Coast Tourism.
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 adrenaline rides. The Funfair “Special offer” was very well supported between 3pm and 6pm. Show stand judges, led by Mr Tom Pearson, took time to visit all the stands and begin with the adjudication process.
This year the traditional Lions’ “Laugh Out Loud” Comedy Evening was moved to the Friday night. Approximately 600 tickets were sold and the entertainment tent was packed. Outgoing Club President Denis Meyer was Emcee or the evening. The evening entertainment began with a superb musical performance by Barry Thomson and the Reals.
Local singer Promise Dlamini then took to the stage and serenaded the audience with a number of well-known ballads. Well-known Comedian Joe Parker then took to the stage and provided his usual hilarious stand-up comedy, generating much laughter from the very festive audience.
The evening ended off with superb performance by local artists 4-5 Seconds. The comedy evening was a great success and the organisers are most grateful for the support received from the many local companies and individuals who attended.
The Saturday edition of the Show was very well supported. Thousands of visitors started to stream through the gates shortly after 8am. An added attraction at this year’s Show was helicopter rides very kindly provided by local pilot Hendrik Ludick and his team.
The arena entertainment schedule started off with the South Coast Strongman competition which was very 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 Gaby Frey and her team.
Brian Capper then took to the arena and captivated the large crowds with his daring and internationally renowned motorcycle stunts.
The official opening ceremony also took place in the main arena. Guests of honour included Ray Nkonyeni Municipality Mayor Cynthia Mqwebu, Ugu South Coast Tourism CEO Justin Mackrory and Lions District 410-C Governor Ken Toward.
Mayor Mqwebu addressed the audience, thanked the Lions for their fine efforts in community service and officially opened the Show. Meyer, Mackrory and Toward 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. The following prizes were awarded:
|Best Overall Stand on Show||Roto Tanks|
|Best Outdoor Stand on Show||1st Prize : Roto Tanks
2nd Prize : Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
3rd Prize : Port Shepstone Precast
|Best Indoor Stand on Show||1st Prize : Remax
2nd Prize : South Coast Hospice
3rd Prize : Property Port
|Best Motoring Stand on Show||1st Prize : Bates Motors
2nd Prize : Halfway Toyota
3rd Prize : Garden City Motors
|Best Marketed Stand on Show||1st Prize : Roto Tanks
2nd Prize : Coca Cola
3rd Prize : Telepage
The prize-giving ceremony was followed by a Line Dancing display, Cell Phone Treasure Hunt, Fencing Display, Cricket Kids and Brian Capper.
The Beer Tent entertainment began mid afternoon with superb music by local band “Flat Tyre Groove”. The evening entertainment began with a superb Maskandi musical performance by Qadasi (David Jenkins) accompanied by Maqhinga Radebe.
They were followed by Johannesburg based band “Rubber Duc”, who were the main attraction of the evening. This talented five-piece band produced an excellent performance that was very well received by the hundreds of supporters who enjoyed a night of superb musical entertainment.
The evening ended off with The Color Blew, a Johannesburg based rock band who played superbly for their many fans who rocked late into the night. Midrand based Radio Station DJ Caz Cronje was Emcee or the evening and did a superb job!
Although attendee numbers were down on the Sunday edition of the Show, there was still plenty on offer for those who visited the event. The arena opened with a ride in by a group of Harley Davidson motorcyclists, Hindi Dancers and Singers, Brian Capper, Cricket for Kids, Zorb Ball fun and a Pipers display until the closure of the arena at 4pm.
Amanzimtoti based band, Mallison and “Be Like Water” started the live music in the beer tent shortly after mid-day and entertained throughout the afternoon. Local singers Dlamini and Cassandra were also given slots to perform during the afternoon.
Meyer said, “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. Judging by the positive feedback received so far, the 2018 Show was a success.
“There are so many who deserve recognition for making the event the success that it was: The public who supported the Show en masse, the exhibitors/stallholders who set up superb displays and worked very long hours, the emcees and the various entertainers who really put on great shows for the audiences, 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 kms to assist at the Show, Lions from Ramsgate 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 impressive, despite the current economic downturn, and the profits raised for charity will be announced once our treasurer has completed the massive task of finalising the accounts etc.”