Celebrations for Cradock’s 200th birthday kicked off with the Founding Day Street Parade on 21 January. This was such a success that another might be held towards the end of the year. (Keep updated via this website and the Cradock – Big Sky Karoo facebook page.)
The next big event on the Cradock 200 agenda is the Karoo Food Festival (20 and 22 March).
This will be followed by something this Karoo town has never seen: a Vodacom Cup rugby match between the Southern Kings and the Free State Cheetahs on 29 March. Thanks to this, Cradock’s stadium is receiving some well overdue maintenance. Book early because accommodation is filling up fast.
From 18 – 20 April, there will be a Mayoral Cup Soccer Tournament. More details will be revealed closer to the time.
The Schreiner Karoo Writer’s Festival will be held a month earlier than usual, in July instead of August, so that children can enjoy it too, according to organiser Lisa Antrobus-Ker.
On 24 September, it’s the Neville Alexander Memorial Lecture. The late Neville Alexander, born in Cradock, was one of the town’s celebrated political activists.
The Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon will be held from 9 – 11 October and participants will be making a special fuss of the town’s 200th founding anniversary.
Cradock’s renowned cricket club, Standard Cricket, will be turning 150 this year and will be holding a special weekend on 14 and 15 November to celebrate.
Here is the full programme of events happening in Cradock this year:
19: Thanksgiving Church Services
21: Founding Day Street Parade
8 – 9: Cradock Bowls Classic
19 – 22: Tjaart Vorster Tennis Tournament
7 – 9: Karoo High Schools Golf Challenge
20 – 22: Karoo Food Festival
28 – 1 April: Marlow Under 13s Rugby Festival
29: Vodacom Cup – Southern Kings vs Free State Cheetahs
12: Elizabeth Jordaan Golf Day
18 – 20: Mayoral Cup Soccer Tournament
4: Vintage Car Rally
13 – 16: Marilee Moolman Tennis Tournament
4-6: EC Veterans Tennis Tournament
24: Neville Alexander Memorial Lecture
31 – 1 September: Cradock Agricultural Show
1: Tam’s Top 10 High School Athletics
6 – 8: Kwagga Classic Golf Tournament
5 – 7: Lion Motorbike Rally