Prawns and great entertainment draw crowds to Komati festival

RCL Foods' jolly representatives, Alex Pieterse and Danie van Vuuren.

KOMATIPOORT – A fabulous line-up of artists including Saarkie, Steve Hofmeyr, Beeskraal and Nicholis Louw drew thousands of visitors to the annual Prawn Festival between last Thursday and Sunday.

This year marked the 30th anniversary of the former school fund-raising initiative.

The area around the stage was packed each night and on Friday, Hofmeyr’s passionate patriotism and sultry voice had the audience singing along at the top of their voices.

Steve Hofmeyr. Photo: Cloudet Aspden.

Country legends, Billy Forest, Lance James and Dennis East got toes tapping during lunchtime on Saturday and late-night stage featured rock performances by Wonderboom and the Komatipoort-based Back Stage.

The beer tent was once again a popular hang-out to catch up with friends or enjoy a cold drink while listening to the entertainment on stage.

Beeskraal. Photo: Cloudet Aspden.

Another of the festival’s highlights was the conservation tent, sponsored by Pam Golding, which was packed for the various demonstrations and talks throughout the day.

The Kruger National Park’s K9 unit demonstrated how the dogs take down poachers.

Barend Vos educates the young and old on snakes and their behaviour.

Barend Bloem of Reptile Recovery educated the audience on snakes and their behaviour. Hazyview Elephant Sanctuary’s representatives told interesting stories about living with elephants, and shared fascinating and little-known facts about the majestic creatures.

Cody Wentzel of Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre tries to get Bullet the cheetah to sit.

Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation proved the most popular and a few of the audience members had the opportunity to hold one of its birds of prey or pose with Bullet the cheetah for a photo.

The sports grounds were lined with over 100 stalls, selling everything from leather shoes to inverters. Food stalls catered for every taste with products like samosas, mini-doughnuts, a variety of scrumptious prawn dishes, Portuguese fare and even pap and kaiings.

The agricultural exhibitions provided farmers a chance to see the newest equipment on the market and gave visitors an insight into the industry.

Children and the young at heart enjoyed the rides at the fun fair, Zippy the Clown’s stilt-walking and balloon animals and the magic show on stage.

Zippy the Clown amazes the children by walking around on stilts and making them creative balloon animals and objects.

Local seniors were spoiled to delicious food and other treats during Friday’s pensioners’ luncheon, which has become a highlight on the local seniors’ calendar.

The organisers wish to thank all of the sponsors, helpers, supporters and visitors who had a hand in making the festival a success.

Check out our gallery of photos here.

Retha Nel

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