YESTERDAY was a happy one for a family who share a special relationship with the Royal Show.
Durbanite Evelyn Venks (35) brought her frail but strong-at-heart father, who suffers from a cardiac condition, mother, sister and nephew to the opening day.
Venks said her father, Morgan Samikannu (67), tires easily after suffering from a heart attack last year, but enjoyed his day and was full of happy memories.
“My dad introduced us to the Royal Show. His first visit to the Royal Show was in his early childhood.”
Excursions were a luxury when her father was a boy and his mother had six children to support, but she still sent them to the show each year.
“Since then my father has never once missed a year. Nor did we. I’ve been attending the Royal Show all my life. There is something about Pietermaritzburg, the atmosphere.”
Once, when her father was out of work, the family hitch-hiked so they would not miss their treat.
And one day, while sheltering in an exhibition tent from a sudden thunderstorm, they entered a competition and ending up winning cash.
“It’s so exciting to be here. It always feels different — everything. I just admire my father. He keeps us humble. He never expresses that he’s not well,” she added.