The extra (fifth) day at HuntEx2017 resulted in the 386 exhibitors and 38 202 visitors enjoying a much more relaxed show than previous years, report the organisers. This year the show was held from 28 April to 1 May, with an extra day for 4 000 invited VIP guests on 27 April.

“The timing of this year’s event to coincide with two public holidays allowed for a more laid-back visitor experience,” says Adriaan Woudstra, owner and organiser of HuntEx. The extra day took the pressure off exhibitors and gave them more time to serve and interact with visitors about new products and services at their stands, he says.

“Overall the feedback from exhibitors was positive. Those selling products at the show, recorded an increase in sales. South Africans are inherently impatient and do not want to queue for service.”

Visitors on Kalahari Arms stand
The Kalahari Arms stand at HuntEX2017 attracted a lot of attention.

Although firearms are still the biggest attractions at the expo, exhibitors of outdoor equipment  clothing, footwear and accessories also attracted a lot of attention from keen visitors.

The HuntEx E-Cape Hunters Fair, a smaller version of this popular Johannesburg show will be held next week at Mentor’s Estate, Jeffreys Bay from 26 – 28 May.

This week the outdoor-loving farming community again trekked to Bothaville for the 51st NAMPO Harvest Festival that will end tomorrow (19th May). The 700 exhibitors – mainly farming goods, but also outdoor-related – exceeded the 685 exhibitors who last year showed livestock and goods on more than 220 000 m2 indoors and outdoors exhibitor areas.

NAMPO visitors
The 700 exhibitors at the NAMPO Harvest Festival offer visitors a wide selection of goods to choose from.

At the time of going to press it was too soon to judge visitor numbers, but the expectation was that the 75 116 of last year would be exceeded.

NAMPO has a growing international exhibitor interest with a Canadian and a British pavilion, as well as exhibitors from Russia and Brazil, joining the show this year. Exhibitors from Portugal, Israel, Argentina, France, Poland, the USA and India returned.

The show is a major contributor to the economy of the Bothaville community. In 2009 an Economic Impact Study estimated that visitors spent R7-m and exhibitors R3.5-m in the town and that exhibitor turnover was R1-bn.