Organisers of Nampo are recommending that motorists avoid certain routes when heading to Nampo Park from 15 to 18 May due to construction work taking place on many roads in the region.
Chairperson of the Nampo Organising Committee, Cobus van Coller, said if, at all possible, motorists should avoid the R59 between Viljoenskroon and Bothaville.
“You cannot see all the potholes when driving,” he said.
Construction work is being done and potholes are also being repaired, but this will not be finished in time for Nampo.
Van Coller said there was also grading work being done and the dust impacted visibility.
A map can be downloaded online from nampo.co.za.
Nampo survival guide:
Article by Gerhard Uys, Farmers Weekly
If this year marks your first agricultural pilgrimage to Nampo Harvest Day, read the following tips to ensure that you have an enjoyable experience.
Normally, a ‘traffic jam’ in Bothaville and its surrounds means getting stuck behind a combine harvester for a few minutes.
This sleepy rural atmosphere changes radically for the four days of the Nampo event. Upwards of 70 000 visitors descend on the small Free State town over this period and the daily queue of cars can mean a wait of half an hour or longer.
Sunscreen and a hat
You will be out and about in the sun for most of the day, so you are strongly advised to wear sunscreen. If you forget your hat, buy one at the Farmer’s Weekly stall!
Wear comfortable shoes
The Nampo showgrounds are large, spread-out and rather dusty in parts; exploring the exhibits and stalls require a considerable amount of walking and standing. Wear comfortable shoes or sandals – this is no place for high heels!
What to eat?
“The best vetkoek I’ve ever had was from the stall next to the main Nampo hall,” says Vian Roos, Farmer’s Weekly’s art director. Boerie rolls, sosaties, burgers, jafels, curry-and-rice, delicious tuisnywerheid treats and much more are available at other stalls.
What not to miss
Don’t leave Nampo without visiting the Farmer’s Weekly stall (Nampo Hall, Stands 67 & 84), where you can meet some of the faces behind South Africa’s oldest and most trusted farming magazine.
The mechanisation displays are also not to be missed.
Practical demonstrations of planting, harvesting and tilling equipment are a must-see if you’re thinking of buying new equipment or simply wanting to catch up on the latest technology.
The livestock exhibition features a comprehensive display of cattle, sheep, goat and horse breeds.
If you’re interested in seed cultivars, make sure you pop in at the Nampo seed plots close to the Caltex hall.
The Engen tractor museum makes for an interesting visit and the 4×4 demonstrations always draw large crowds.
If you have an interest in home décor, plan to spend some time at the Sampi halls, for gifts, art and décor. There’s a wide variety of beautifully made articles.
For more information about Nampo, visit nampo.co.za
Pop into Parys!
Wether you’re on your way, or coming back from Nampo? Why not stop over in Parys? There’s great accommodation, activities, restaurants, shops and plenty to see and do. Explore Parys makes it easier to find great things to do in Parys and the Vredefort Dome. Enjoy and travel safe!