Maloti Makiti: Fouriesburg celebrations

The month of September will prove to be an exciting one for the town of Fouriesburg in the Free State. Not only was the town voted the Kwêla Kyknet "Dorp van die Jaar", but the inhabitants of Fouriesburg also get to celebrate their pride in the heritage of their home by commemorating 120 years of Fouriesburg's existence.

Fouriesburg, a small, authentic border town situated on the Maloti Drakensberg Route, offers unique scenic beauty, activities for nature and adventure enthusiasts, arts and cultural attractions as well as places of historical and architectural interest. To showcase the many delights of this beautiful, historical place and to celebrate its position as South Africa's top town of 2013, Fouriesburg is playing host to the Maloti Makiti festival for the first time.

The festival will be held from the 20th - 22nd of September 2013 and includes a whole range of attractions and activities. On Friday evening, visit the RED Farmers Moonlight Market with an art & crafts exhibition at the Showgrounds and sample some of the area's finest produce, from biltong and fresh fruits to red wine and pasta. Later on, you can bring your picnic blanket and enjoy the open-air music extravaganza which sets the mood for a delectable midnight feast at the Showgrounds.

On Saturday, the excitement continues with a whole host of activities to take part in. For the very active, test your endurance on the muddy Maloti Mudder Adventure obstacle course run or hit the road for a middle-distance foot race in the Maloti Mile run. You could also enter a team into the Vodacom soccer tournament in Mashaeng for some competitive fun.

If cooking is more your speed, join the Kombuis Klets (Cooking Chatter) where local cooks showcase their favourite recipes, incorporating local culture with modern living.

You can even include your pets in the action by dressing them to the nines and entering them into the Dier Plesier Pets Fancy Dress competition, where they have the chance to strut their stuff around the Show Ground's rugby field. Kids can also enjoy Saturday's fun and games by taking part in Ox Wagon Rides, visiting the Candy Bar, Jumping Castles, getting their face painted, taking part in Tou Trek or one of the many races on the go, from Appel Hap, Marie beskuit in meel and sak resies.

Other outdoor activities include archery, paintball and rock climbing, or you could try out the offerings of the local tavern in the Tavern Tour. There is also a Couple's Amazing Race on the go during the day and you could always take a pause to visit the RED Farmer's Market.

If you're willing to try your hand at creating an award-winning potjie you could enter the Potjiekos competition that will culminate in the Farmers' Traditional Dance in the evening.

A Traditional day will run hand-in-hand with the Vodacom Soccer tournament and will be a continuous program creating a festive atmosphere, celebrating all cultural talent of Mashaeng. The event will commence at the stadium in Mashaeng on Saturday and features the talent of local singer Kaya.

The festivities end on Sunday with the Gospel Show in Mashaeng featuring local and other talent.

Kyknet/Kwêla will add further value to the Maloti Makiti with the celebration of Fouriesburg Town of the Year happening during the Maloti Makiti.

For more information about pricing and bookings, contact Alna Belendez-Retief on 082 334 1843 or by email at alna(at)incarnata.co.za.