Revamped Windhoek Show ready to sparkle

Around 30 percent of the over 300 exhibitors at this year’s Windhoek Industrial and Agricultural Show are new to the showpiece, and visitors should brace themselves for a revamped programme, as the spectacle kicks off this Friday.
Windhoek Show Society (WSS) Vice President Harald Schmidt told the Windhoek Observer that all indoor and outdoor spaces have been sold out for the show, which closes on Saturday, 8 October.
Schmidt said compared to last year’s event, the 2016 event has more outdoor stands and they anticipate more than 100,000 visitors again this year, in line with the yearly recorded attendance figures since 2012. 
“Regarding the quality of the stands, we always emphasise this aspect to exhibitors, to systematically close the gap between the exceptional performers and those who showcase simply the bare minimum,” Schmidt said.
“We see a positive development in this regard.  Outdoors, the Windhoek Show Society created a Social Plaza, and revamped the Food Plaza, to provide seating facilities for more than 400 people.
“The programme reflects that the agricultural section is subjected to a very stringent activity programme, comprising the judging of the registered animals of the various small and large stock breeds.
“On the industrial side, being a general supplier show, the only activities that affect all exhibitors are the Exhibitors Breakfast, which is a closed event, and the official opening on Thursday, 6th October.”
On the entertainment front, Schmidt said the largest entertainment attraction remained the Fun Park, with more rides this year, while the Gig Wheel is extended 20 metres higher and incorporates the latest lighting technology. 
He said the fireworks will be of the same high standard as before.
For one hour daily between 18h00 and 21h00, there will be live performances in the Social and Food Plaza, while the snake park will be open the whole day, for the duration of the show.
Meanwhile, one of the biggest exhibitors at the show, FNB Namibia said their primary focus remains on customer support and specifically support to agricultural business partners this year.
FNB Namibia Chief Marketing Officer – Strategic Marketing and Communication, Tracy Eagles, said the lending institution will be sponsoring the Youth Handlers Competition at the WAS for the 29th year on Saturday, 1 October, as well as the Namibian Brahman Breeders competition for the second year on Sunday, 2 October.

Eagles said FNB subsidiary, WesBank, had launched a shows offer that all vehicle loans approved from 7 September until 15 October would receive prime less 1 percent.
She said that if clients purchased their vehicles at any of the listed agricultural shows, they stand a chance to win additional prizes.
Some of the prizes, she said, include one of six AutoArmor protection kits, one of six N$500 fuel vouchers and one of six WesBank hampers.
“If the customer takes insurance through FNB Insurance Brokers, the special offer will be free loss of use cover (rental vehicle option), a one year free excess waiver, and one lucky person stands a chance to win 11 months free premiums (pay for one month, get 11 free).
“Aside from this, although our mobile app and online banking make financial services support very easy for customers, our ATM van will also be available on-site to ensure all our customers, whether visitors or exhibitors, can always be helped with cash services too,” she said.
MTC said they will be selling various products, including their recently launched Osmartphona.
Manager for Sponsorships and Promotions, Joseph Mundjindi, said they will have consultants/advisors on hand at the show, to answer all questions customers might have.
Mundjindi said MTC will also be assisting customers with the various services they offer.
He said MTC viewed its participation or strategic engagements at exhibitions or fairs as a necessary practise, secure in the knowledge that as a service-oriented company they were providing customers with a plethora of opportunities to experience their various services and offerings.