Awareness and fun are key during Winter Fair

Marloth Park Honorary Rangers Ansie Joubert, Lynette de Jong and Linda Benade.

MARLOTH PARK – Cars packed Henk van Rooyen Park on Saturday for the annual Winter Fair, hosted by the Marloth Park Honorary Rangers in partnership with BUCO Hardware Komatipoort.

The Marloth Park Honorary Rangers are a group of volunteers who deal with conservation and environmental issues in Marloth Park and Lionspruit and the fair is one of their fund-raising initiatives which involves the whole community.

Local entrepreneurs and businesses, as well as traders from elsewhere in the Lowveld, peddled their wares. These ranged from bronzed items and beaded animals to hardware and antiques.

Following the early morning chill, stallholders moved to the shade as the day warmed up.

Children sported sticky faces from chowing down on cotton candy, while adults enjoyed other fare like juicy hamburgers and pancakes.

The beer garden provided a great place to enjoy the live music by local band, The Expendables.

The Expendables performed next to the beer garden.

An auction and several competitions, including one for dancing, made for a lot of fun and entertainment. Several young visitors also took advantage of the pool and splashed around during the midday heat.

The local Honorary Rangers promoted awareness of their activities and created a lot of interest in their stall where you could pick a rope and pull to find out what it was tied to. Prizes ranged from water and juice to wine and other premium-priced spirits.

The Marloth Park Honorary Rangers hosted a fun activity where you could pick a string and win the bottle attached to it. Prizes ranged from water and juice to wine and spirits.

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The Lowveld region’s Honorary Rangers had an interesting booth with animal skulls and other curiosities, as well as information on poaching, snares and anti-poaching activities, while the Marlothii Conservancy displayed information on local wildlife and plants.

Jonno Kloeck, Emma Nyschens and Sharon Reniers of the SANParks Honorary Rangers.

Some of the proceeds of the event will be used for environmental and conservation projects in Marloth Park.

The Marloth Park Honorary Rangers projects include eradicating alien plants, maintaining benches with memorial plaques, bird hides and braai facilities and bi-monthly game counts.

They also assist the Nkomazi Local Municipality and the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency with monitoring the condition of lions in Lionspruit and assisting the municipal rangers with tasks such as alien plant removal and control.

They regularly arrange talks on snakes, alien and indigenous plants, organise snake handling courses and monthly bird walks.

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They offer free snake removal for all residents and visitors to Marloth Park. Juan de Beer can be contacted on 060-665-5000 or John Webb on 079-778-5359 in this regard.

The Honorary Rangers host their general meetings, open to the public, every last Thursday of the month at 08:00 at Henk van Rooyen Park.

  AUTHOR
Retha Nel

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