Over the Easter holidays, the Rand Easter Show has long been the place to visit in Johannesburg. Since 1894, as southern Africa's most varied consumer exhibit, the Rand Show has been a reliable drawcard for visitors of all ages, from surrounding areas and further afield.
Founded by the Witwatersrand Agricultural Society, the Rand Show originally showcased livestock and farming implements. It still does, in parts. In other parts, the Show has moved a long way from its rural beginnings.
Take the House of Horrors as an example. This is described as experiential theatre that everyone aged 13 and older should investigate if they dare. It is not for the faint-hearted. The installation is a world that unfolds as the dream of a young child. In it, fearsome characters are brought to life through the use of multi-media and special effects that immerse you in spine-tingling encounters.
If that’s not your thing, you can still count on the familiar exhibits. The Flower and Garden Expo brings you the latest in garden design, outdoor furniture and accessories. Enter the Garden Show competition to stand a chance to win tickets to London’s famed Chelsea Flower Show in May.
The Lifestyle Expo is touted as an interactive platform offering savvy consumers the best of South African design. There are kitchen and dining zones, a home tech zone, a health, beauty and wellness zone as well as a homebuilding and renovating zone.
The South African National Defence Force arena programme takes place at the main arena, daily at 15:00, only until Monday 2 April. Drill teams will be going through their paces for the edification of the public. Members of the army’s chief airborne infantry unit, the 44 Parachute Regiment, will also show off their skills, together with units incorporating canine, equestrian and motorcycle training into their displays.
The Festival Stage is a beacon of musical entertainment throughout, with performances by favourites including Caroline Grace and Dr Victor. On Saturday, 7 April, the Stage hosts Mr & Miss Rand Show.
No visit to the Rand Show is complete without an adrenaline-fuelled visit to the fun fair. This year, the rides in the amusement park will have longer operating hours than ever before, from 10h00 all the way to closing time at 21h00. For even more excitement, drifting rides and helicopter rides are also on offer.
Rand Show is at the Nasrec Expo Centre from 30 March to 8 April.