This time around, says organiser, Adriaan Woudstra, it is going to be bigger and better than anything the Cape has seen before, with a family friendly venue, as well as more things to do, more shooting, more guns, more people and more fun. Big brands will also be represented in numbers and have already informed the organisers of their intention to have much reduced prices and many specials for the duration of the show. They have also expressed their wish to have more technical experts on site to deal with fair-goers’ issues and requirements. “One thing is for certain this time, and that is that everybody involved in the hunting and related industries needs to keep the 10, 11 and 12th of March 2017 clear, because this is going to be a show like the Cape has never seen before.
To begin with, the Rhebokskloof venue in Paarl is an up-market wine estate with plenty of space for exhibitors to get creative and for us to host competitions and shows. Then there’s the magnifi cent manicured garden environment with ample place to meet and entertain visitors and guests,” enthuses Adriaan.
With a larger focus on brands this time around our exhibitors don’t need to spend a fortune trying to replicate their gun shop at the show, they can concentrate on their brands and ensure that these are well marketed and that manufacturers assist them with onshow discounts.
Based on successful international hunting fairs, the HuntEx Cape Game Fair 2017 will be all about interaction and hands-on experiences for visitors with opportunities to shoot exotic weapons ranging from the aweinspiring .50 or 416 rifl es to black powder muskets, handguns, bows, as well as a variety of competitions that will include clay pigeon shooting in three levels where the winners can stand in line to win a shotgun. Gong shoots with Peregrine Ammunition will also be held, as well as fun plinking competitions and a host of other opportunities to test skills against the best the Cape has to offer.
Borrowing from its overseas counterparts, the fair will offer a selection of meat dishes, country foods, boerekos, as well as fast foods from a variety of vendors, carefully selected to ensure the highest possible standards. “Food is a big part of the fair experience and visitors can expect to feast on tasty food (and wine from the estate) made the way Capetonians like it.” More adventurous types may even choose to participate in some of the courses where various game animals will be dressed, processed and practical courses given on the preparation of a number of dishes from the hunter’s bounty.
Exhibitors’ delight “
As for existing and potential exhibitors, it is important to know that about 25% of the country’s hunters come from the Cape area and are a huge and important part of the overall market. But, they must also know that the Cape is a niche market with very different needs compared with the rest of the country. That’s why the fair is such an important opportunity to manufacturers and distributors to meet and understand the needs of this vast area’s hunters. “This time around they will have the benefit of a beautiful venue with loads of space for shows and entertainment to keep visitors enthralled and interested.
“There is nothing else like it in South Africa, with incentives for visitors like winning a 2 ½ ton capacity Cooler Trailer if they book online. Visitors also stand a chance of winning a host of other prizes and can put themselves in line to hunt with a Kalahari San hunter. There will be free seminars and classes where visitors can learn how to reload ammunition and prepare carcasses. All that remains is for the Cape hunting and gun community to get behind the fair and promote it to their communities and audiences,” concludes Adriaan.
HuntEx Cape Game Fair, 10-12
Also on the HuntEx schedule