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Hartsfees set to open tomorrow

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The festival line-up includes an outreach for special schools, as well as a programme for senior citizens, with Johan Gunter from Radio Rosestad

READY: It is all systems go for the first-ever Yonder Hartsfees that opens tomorrow. Picture: Danie van der Lith

IT IS all systems go for the first-ever Yonder Hartsfees that opens tomorrow.

The festival is one of the first ever to be presented for able-bodied people by people living with disabilities and promises an action-packed line-up of events with something for everyone from merry-go-rounds to around 130 flea-market stalls and shows to suit everyone’s taste.

The festival replaces the Gariep Festival traditionally held in the last week of August.

“Once you enter the gates you will have the choice of either enjoying the festival as a family or if the children want to do their own thing, there will be activities for them, including the merry-go-round, playground, train rides, jumping castles and pony rides,” Yonder CEO, Jannie van Zyl, said.

Tomorrow’s festival line-up includes an outreach for special schools, as well as a programme for senior citizens, with Johan Gunter from Radio Rosestad.

There will also be a treasure hunt for senior citizens, while Dennis the Clown will be entertaining the little ones.

There will be a two-hour cooking demonstration with Mareli Visser, the “koek tannie”, in the morning. The tickets, which include entry to the festival grounds, are R150 per person.

Musical performances in the evening include a line-up of Donne Hunt, Xanya and Dillan, Jan Rhaap and Jakkie Louw and Band.

A “Skaapkop and Kaaings” event, described as a traditional meal for the discerning diner, with Vaatjie from Toks & Tjops and Piet Pompies, will be held in the evening at R180 a ticket, including the concert, food and entrance to the festival.

Friday morning kicks off with a programme for the children at 10am with Dennis the Clown, as well as a Ladies Morning, with motivational speakers Martelize Brink (from RSG), who is a paraplegic, and Johan Gunter (Radio Rosestad). A truly inspiring radio DJ, Brink has undertaken a number of extreme adventures including kayaking to Robben Island and visiting the forests of Rwanda to meet gorillas, all without the use of her legs.

The tickets for the two-hour event is R150 a person.

There will also be a puppet show with Jackie Louw at 10.30am and an information session on people with disabilities, followed by a bocce competition. Bocce is an Italian game similar to bowls. The basic principle of the sport is to roll a bocce ball closest to the target ball, which is called a pallina.

In the evening from 5pm to 9.30pm various artists will again be performing at the Haakbosskerm including Kruger Band, Empire Band, Stuart Milne, Mars, Willem Botha, Ivan Roux and Gage.

Saturday’s programme kicks off with a cycling event (10km, 30km and 100km), that leaves from the Flamingo Casino at 7am. The tickets range from R100 for the 100km event, R30 for the 30km event and R10 for the 10km event.

At 8am there will be a 5km para-cycling event in Oliver Road at a cost of R50

This will be followed by a 5km Colour fun run at 8am from the Flamingo Casino and a 50m wheelchair race for people without disabilities.

The Miss Yonder Hartsfees beauty pageant, which costs R300 to enter will take place at Yonder, while the children will be entertained at 9.30am.

At 11am there will be a wheelchair rugby event, followed by Strong Man with Johan Els and at 3pm there will be a tug-of-war competition.

The evening’s line-up of artists includes Francois Bouwer at 5pm, Mars at 5.30pm, Franja du Plessis and Ruan Josh at 6pm, Monique Steyn at 8pm and Beauty and the Beast at 9pm.

On Sunday, there will be a gospel event at 11am with Jan de Beer while the festival grounds will remain open until 3pm.

Entry tickets to the festival grounds range from R50 for adults on Thursday and Sunday, R60 on Friday and R70 on Saturday. Children between the ages of six to 15 years and senior citizens pay R30 on Thursday, Friday and Sunday and R40 on Saturday.

Children under five are free.