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Wednesday, 7th August 2013

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The 23rd Biltong Festival in Somerset East on 12th and 13th July took place during a weekend of perfect, unseasonably warm weather, compensating for last year's heavy rain and subsequent disruption of the programme. However, all kinds of things other than the weather can still go wrong; and this year a bad crash on the Zuurberg Pass on the Friday closed the Pass to traffic for about five hours, so even with Mother Nature playing fair, the programme was still slightly disrupted, but the Festival by and large was a great success. Alan Hobson's flycasting demonstrations were poplular, and Nombuyiselo Zinco's stall with her lovely beadwork drew admiration.

2013_07_02.jpgThe Boschberg Tourism Hub is busy these days, with the Events Centre being used for functions, meetings, and parties; and the trails being utilised by local runners and Mountain bikers all through the week, as well as by visitors to the area over weekends. The local Art Gallery and the Craft Shop are functioning, and the range of mainly locally sourced goods in the shop is most impressive. Nicky Dilima is doing a great job with the youngsters who train regularly on the Boschberg Trails, and organised for them to attend a couple of Spur League Mountain Biking events, where they performed impressively, and came away with several podium finishes - Bravo Nicky!

Hats off to the ladies of the local Garden Club, who took on the difficult job of pruning the Heritage roses planted around the fountain in Nojoli Street; a job long overdue; and probably the first time it has been done - we can look forward to a great display of roses this year, especially if the Spring rains come at the right time.

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