Living loud with Liezel: Hopefield Fynbos Show

Living loud with Liezel: Hopefield Fynbos Show
By Liezel Van Der Westhuizen

By Liezel Van Der Westhuizen

The Hopefield Fynbos Show is an annual event that has become popular amongst locals and visitors from around the country and that is set to boast over 200 species of fynbos from places like Renosterveld, Sandveld, Rietveld and wetland areas of the Hopefield district. Hopefield is the oldest town on the West Coast, having been founded in 1851.

The Hopefields Sports Centre will be made over into a flower hall for the festivities, taking place from Thursday, August 28, to Sunday, August 31, and plants will be arranged as authentically as possible to give visitors a realistic look at the species of fynbos indigenous to the area.

The show should have a little something for everyone, so the whole family is likely to enjoy the outing. There will be a variety of stalls offering visitors delicious eats as well as a tea garden and a beer garden. You can also enjoy the flower route and fossil museum where you will get to see and learn so much about the flowers and the area. The children can look forward to tractor rides, an animal petting farm and lots more fun and excitement.
Hikers can also walk the Langrietvlei and Helderwater trails to get more of an up close and personal view of the Hopefield flora. Those who prefer a more relaxed pace can stroll through the flower route instead.

Another highlight of this year’s show is the Mountain Bike Race, which caters for every level of mountain biking ability: a 13km beginner ride, and the more intermediate 50km and 72km rides. Both the latter rides will engage in the 3.2km single track in the “claygat” at Matjiesfontein.
The 50km ride is a very easy ride, with the only challenging part being the single track. The 72km is more of a endurance test, with normal farm roads, a bit of single track and a river crossing or two. The single track is not a free flowing track, but consists of a drop off, switchback into a super tube, three short power climbs, rock garden and Heartbreak Hill.

All proceeds from this event will go towards the Thys Du Toit bursary fund. This fund plans to pay for the Hopefield High School scholar’s after school studies. There are still entries available for this race on Saturday at the venue.

* Hopefield is located roughly 120km outside of Cape Town on the R45.

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