The 104th Harare Agricultural show is set to run for nine days from Friday 22 to Saturday 30 August. Running under the theme Sustaining and Transforming Agricultural Growth, this year’s edition will open on a positive note by giving back to the community.
The first day of the show, 22 August, will be the Hosia Mapondera Cultural Day. Zimbabwe Agricultural Society (ZAS) Public Relations Officer, Heather Madombwe, said that the day was set to honour the late Hosia Mapondera, Deputy President and Life Vice President of the Society who passed away last year, for his great passion on the promotion of culture.
“On this day, school children who are below 18 years old and in their school uniforms will enter into the show free of charge,” she said. She added that there will be some cultural performances such as traditional dances, marimba and mbira on the day as part of the entertainment. She urged school children to think outside the box and see other opportunities presented during the show, saying there is more to it than just face painting. “School children should take this advantage to interact with professionals in various fields and acquaint themselves with what it takes to succeed and how to get attachments, among other areas of concern,” said Madombwe.
A big change this year will be the fireworks display which is now scheduled for day one between six and seven in the evening, rather than as a closing finale.
The 2014 show will also see the relaunch of the Zimbabwe Institute of Public Relations (ZIPR) trophy. It is awarded to a stallholder in recognition of public relations excellence during the show, and encourages stallholders to interact with visitors.
On security, Madombwe said there will be officers in plain clothes, private security company Guard Alert, ZAS guards and CCTV cameras. She added that they will also work hand in hand with the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), and urged the public to come in their numbers and be part of the fun, while taking the chance to develop business relationships.
“The show will be officially opened on 29 August by a respectable guest of honour who will be announced at the appropriate time,” added Madombwe.