What To Expect At The Rand Show This Year!
This year, The Rand Show brings visitors more fun and excitement than ever before. Here’s just a taste of what visitors can experience for free at the Rand Show 2017:
Top New Attractions
The all-new Danone Frozen Yoghurt World is going to be an avalanche of chilly fun, including snow tubing on the snow ramp, snowman making, playing in the Danone castle, and photo ops in the life-size snow globe, all while enjoying a Danone frozen yoghurt pop.
Another new attraction at the Rand Show is the Action Zone, featuring three heart-stopping shows each weekend. The BOUNCE Vibe Tribe will defy the laws of gravity in a never-seen-before trampoline showcase. They’ll take on the Great Wall, slam dunk like basketball pros and mix it up with the BOUNCE Parkour and Extreme Cheer Crew.
Nick de Wit and his crew of freestyle motocross riders will rev up excitement levels in their freestyle motocross show, Gravity Clash. They’ll be powering their motorbikes through a series of death-defying tricks, such as ‘tsunamis’, ‘cliff-hangers’, and the legendary back flip.
Brian Capper presents his foot-up trials riding show, Xtreme Riding Xhibitions, where he’ll attack a series of seemingly impossible obstacles on his specialised 300cc trial motorbike.
Littlies who’re inspired by the grown-ups on their big bikes can then strap on a helmet and grab a Strider balance bike or a Strider push bike at the Strider Adventure Zone, where they can tackle the kid-sized ramps and obstacles.
Burn Some Rubber
For car enthusiasts, the motoring show in Hall 5 will bring the sights and sounds of the iconic Route 66 to life. Catch the wheel-spinning demonstrations of fearless drift car driver Jim McFarlane on the drifting track and enjoy the Opel Ride & Drive experience on the custom-built gymkhana track, plus test drives on the 4×4 track with Chevrolet, Isuzu and Imperial Ford.
The SANDF takes over the main arena over the Easter long weekend (14 to 17 April) for a big-bang capability display that’s packed with thundering helicopters, simulated battles and ground-shaking explosions. Spanning the full
10 days of the Rand Show, there’s also a 10 000 m2 interactive outdoor exhibit by the SANDF on Terrace 1, complete with viewing bridge, military vehicles and crafts that the kids (and parents) can climb into as well as displays of military equipment and gear.
Back in the main arena, the Rand Show has lined up an all-new attraction on the closing weekend (22 to 23 April): the 2017 SA Drones National. FPV drone pilots will race their high-tech radio-controlled quadcopters around a purpose-built track at speeds exceeding 150 km/h, as they vie for the title of SA open-class drone champ.
Live On Stage
The Rand Show’s popular variety stage has been relocated to the Esplanade, where visitors can kick back and relax while taking in all the activity around them. See the mighty competitors who’ll be lifting insane weights as they battle it out in the SA’s Strongest Man and Strongest Woman competitions. There’ll be a daily stage show for kids, and, of course, the show-stopping Miss Rand Show, Little Miss Rand Show and Mr Rand Show.
Science & Tech
For ten days the Science & Technology Show will bring visitors a variety of mind-expanding activities, including shows by the Nutty Scientists, edutainment in the Edudome, fun with Ster-Kinekor PlayStation and Lego, virtual reality pods and science workshops for kids in the Wonderful World of Why, as well as the Mango flight simulator and 3D printing with the Vaal University of Technology.
Those with green fingers can head to the Green Pavilion, where well-known horticulturist JJ van Rensburg, from Garden World, will be holding garden-project workshops and offering great show-only prices on a wide variety of plants.
For Animal Lovers
Kids will love the Rand Show’s new Animal Farm, where the Bekker School petting farmyard, milking barn and chicken coop will give them a taste of farm life. West Rand Reptile Rescue will bring several creepy crawlies to thrill young visitors, plus there’ll be flying bird shows and reptile shows.
And, For A Little Bit Extra …
For an additional charge, there are also fun fair rides, bag jumping, helicopter rides, drifting rides and refreshments to tempt every palate. Choose from the wide variety of food spots in the Rand Show food court, including pizza, ice cream and other delicious offerings from the mobile food trucks that will be rolling up for this year’s show.
And don’t forget the shopping! This year’s retail therapy is focused in Halls 6 and 9, with Hall 6 the home of furniture and home-related products, and Hall 9 featuring fashion accessories, and health, wellness and beauty products.
When Is It?
Friday, 14 April to Sunday, 23 April 2017 from 09:00 to 19:00 (last entry is at 18:00).
Where Is It?
Johannesburg Expo Centre, corner Nasrec and Rand Show, Nasrec, Johannesburg.
How Much Is It?
Tickets cost R150 for adults at the gate (or book online and save through Computicket), R50 for pensioners, R50 for 13–16 years, R20 for 6–12 years, and children aged six and under enter free.
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