For eleven days, Rand Show visitors will be able to experience the excitement of the ski slopes, as South Africa's biggest consumer show brings winter early to the Highveld.
From 10am to 5pm daily, Africa's premier snow-making company, Snow Productions, will turn Hall 8 into a snowy playground.
There's going to be the longest solid-ice toboggan slide ever built in Africa. At 50 metres long, it's guaranteed to be an extreme, adrenalin-fuelled ride, full of short, sharp turns and high speed.
There will also be a six-metre-high snow ramp, covered in 20 centimetres of real snow. Grab a snowtube or snowboard and you've got 35 metres of sliding fun. If you're not sure how to do it, you can pick up some pointers from the pros, who'll be giving impromptu snowboarding demonstrations throughout the day.
There's more slipping and sliding to be had on the 200 m² synthetic skating rink, or head for the large snow play area, where the whole family can get to work building a snowman, and then toss snowballs in the snowball alley.
And after all that, there'll be just enough time left for a rather unique photo opportunity... climb inside a giant snow globe, three metres in diameter, and be the star of your own winter wonderland. Snow
Time runs the duration of the Rand Show 2014, from Friday 18 April to Monday 28 April, and entrance is included in the price of the Rand Show ticket.
Groups of 500 will be let in every hour, on the hour, beginning at 10am, with the final group entering at 5pm. THE RAND SHOW 2014 DATES:
From Friday 18 April to Monday 28 April, 2014. SHOW HOURS:
Gates open daily at 9am. Ticketing booths into the showgrounds close at 6pm, although the show closes at 7pm. VENUE:
Johannesburg Expo Centre, Rand Show Road, Nasrec. (GPS - S26°14.810' E27°68.695') TICKETS:
R100 for adults, R50 for pensioners over 65, R50 for teens aged 13-16, R20 for kids aged 6 to 12, and FREE for children under six.
Tickets are available at the gate or through Computicket. (There is no surcharge on Computicket tickets.) VALUE:
Tickets give visitors free entry to the majority of the Rand Show's top attractions. TOP ATTRACTIONS:
The Naked Scientist; SNOW Time, the Rand Show's winter wonderland of snow; The Pit Bull International Xtreme Motor Show; SA's Strongest Man Qualifier; Theuns Jordaan, Swing City, Dozi and Tokyo Groove, plus many more in concert on the Showtime Stage; the SA Chefs Theatre; tactical military displays and exhibits; the Animal Kingdom with bird and snake shows and more; and playtime for kids in Tumble Town.