Even though the rose industry has been under pressure over the last year, the attendance at the Naivasha Horticultural Fair does not seem to be affected. In just 7 weeks the "NH fair", will be held again and this year it even seems to become the biggest edition so far. "It is once again receiving plenty of bookings certainly on par with other years", says Naivasha Horticultural Fair Chairman Richard McGonnel.
On the right: Richard McGonnel at last year's Fair. On the left pictures of last year's fair.
Always something new
"Especially with the rose industry that has been under the spotlight this year with low prices from summer 2018 until now, with some improvements showing recently, so even more reason to visit and look at "What's New" at the fair."
Unlike other fairs, the NH Fair is held outdoors, on the golf course at the Naivasha Sports Club. "It keeps a very relaxed and easy atmosphere, not too much protocol and a place to visit and to relax/enjoy. Restaurants, bars and even kids entertainment." At the fair, the vast majority of farm owners and senior staff will attend the fair.
A charitable event
For years, the NH Fair is also a charitable event with all profits going to local, mainly children’s charities. "And it is very reasonably priced", adds McGonnel. Last year, the 200 stands at the fair (including some 20 charity stands) welcomed 3,000 visitors. "With the current registrations, we expect even more."
The event will be held on September 20 and 21, 2019.