LAHORE: After being suspended for 11 years, the government has decided to hold the Horse and Cattle Show at the Fortress Stadium on March 5. It had been discontinued since 2004 due to security concerns.
The show offers cattle breeders and enthusiasts a platform for healthy competition, recreation and celebrations at the onset of spring season. The show will end on March 8.
Chief Secretary Khizar Hayat Gondal chaired a meeting on Tuesday to review arrangements for the show. Several committees were formed and various organisations enlisted for the various events that will be held at the show.
The additional chief secretary and the local government and community development secretary will coordinate and supervise the events, exhibitions and festivities during the show.
The last Horse and Cattle Show was held in 2004.
The show will feature tent-pegging, equestrian jumping, polo, dog races, a tattoo show, an exhibition of industrial and agricultural products, swings, horse dancing, and a competition of milk-producing cattle.
The show combines business and sports. Cattle breeders will be invited to enter their animals for competitions in various categories. Some of the best animals will be exhibited throughout the show.
Several departments and organisations will be invited to field floats showcasing their expertise, skills, culture and various activities activities.
The show will feature motorcycle stunts, a human flag, and performances by several folk music bands and dance groups in the province. Trading and agricultural exhibitions will be organised at Race Course Park for the duration of the show.
An official involved in the preparations said that the show is an eloquent expression of Pakistan’s heritage and provides an account of its rich agricultural tradition. He said the Horse and Cattle Show is set to be the biggest recreational event this spring.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 18th, 2015.
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