It's been five days of non-stop action since the Rand Show opened its gates on Friday, 18 April... five days of great entertainment and family fun. If you're still deciding whether or not you'll be getting your share of the Rand Show action this year before it all ends on Monday, 28 April, just check out what some of the Rand Show's visitors have had to say about South Africa's biggest consumer show:
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- Steve Hofmeyr (?@steve_hofmeyr): "Enjoyed a quick once around at Rand Easter Show. Great SADF and Classic Cars exhibits. Lots4kids2do."
- Charmaine Visser (?@Charms1Visser): "Thank you so much for an AMAZING Rand Show. It was absolutely mind blowing."
- Tarryn (?@20something_Taz): "A round of applause has to go to the SANDF for the spectacular show they put on at the Rand Show...really something to see."
- Nkululeko Makhaya (?@GCoreSA): "Today's performance at @Rand_Show was awesome."
- Tracy Banks (?@Tracylee147): "Snow World at the Rand Show is amazing; so much fun for the whole family!"
- Jeremy Cullen (?@Jericullen): "It's definitely show time!"
- Simone Chetty (?@Simone_22Chetty): "Rand Show was so AWESOMEEE today especially LOVED the SA Army!!! They were the BESTT!"
- Rosanna (?@Rosanna21357452): "Such a lekker day at the Rand Easter Show 2014."
- IG: itsjustmya?(@Oh_So_Mbalee): "Had a great time at the Rand Show!"
- Lelani Kate Orffer (?@XxxBlue_FoxxX): "Saw the Naked Scientist at the Rand Show, was epic!"
- LidaEloff: "Everything was just so well organised, had so much fun... The Rand Easter show was Awesome!!!!!!"
- Claire Ranwell: "The SANDF display was awesome."
- Denise Francis: "My son loved the Rand Show, was awesome."
The Rand Show 2014 runs for sixmore days, so there's still time to pencil in a day of family fun on your calendar. CLOSING WEEKEND (26-28 April)
On top of the shopping, Animal Kingdom displays, streetbike stunts, the SA Chefs Theatre, SANDF displays, Snow World and the KwaZulu-Natal Beach Extravaganza's, there's extra excitement to be had on the closing long weekend, from Saturday 26 to Monday 28 April.
Come and enjoy the thrills of the Pit Bull International Xtreme Motor Show, a stunt show featuring incredible driving and two-wheel ramping by top international stunt drivers.
The Showtime Stage will host some great local music acts, including Dr Victor, DENIM, Tokyo Groove, Swing City, Madison Band, Ghapi, Boki of "Idols SA" fame, and JJ Strydom and the Rodeo Girls. Also on stage is Miss Rand Show 2014, where the big prize is a trip for two to Mauritius.
Naas Botha and Ashwin Willemse will be coming through to talk rugby before watching the Bulls/Force match on the big screens with Rand Show rugby fans.
In the arena, the men and women in blue will put on a simulation of vehicle hijacking, kidnapping and hostage situations, while the JMPD and Emergency Medical Services will show how they deal with motor vehicle fires, and how they extricate victims from a motor vehicle accident. They will also run through typical search-and-rescue scenarios, with the help of Jo'burg's canine unit.
On Freedom Day, join Ronald McDonald and Rand Show performers as they release a thousand balloons into the air to celebrate 20 years of freedom.
Bring the kids for the gymnastics-inspired Tumble Mania play experience, and play and colour with Ronald McDonald and Marlin Kids in the Kids Zone.
On the Showtime Stage, there are twice-daily mystical magic shows, and a programme of back-to-back workshops on beaded jewellery, mosaicing, gardening and baking, as well as hair and makeup workshops with the team from TV's "Glam Guru". (Enter the "Win a Workshop" competition at www.randshow.co.za
to claim your place in one of these free workshops.)
There are also hundreds of exhibitors bringing you great shopping opportunities, from furniture, carpets, cookware, perfume, health and beauty products, and toys, sweets and novelties for the kids, to outdoor aluminium furniture, caravans, pools and spas, and fireplaces.
The arena also plays host to a clash of the Titans as some of South Africa's strongest men tackle immensely weighty challenges as they vie for qualifying positions in the SA's Strongest Man qualifier.
There's more clashing of the big boys in Hall 7, as SA's top 10 pool players gather for the Blackball Premier League playoffs.
And the giants of the dog world will be coming to the Animal Kingdom arena for the Boerboel Regional Championships.
The Rand Show... truly a great day out for the whole family. DAILY ENTERTAINMENT (23-25 April)
During the week, Snake Bite Jones has daily snake and reptile displays in the Animal Kingdom, and there's the Free Flight Bird Show every day at one, while the sheepdogs will be showing the flock who's boss in daily working-dog demonstrations.
The SA Chefs Theatre has a full plate of culinary delights to serve up to visitors, with cooking and baking demonstrations every hour on the hour from eleven each morning.
At the Extreme Zone drifting track, get ready for the XDL SA Street Jam, a streetbike stunt show that showcases one of the world's biggest breakout extreme sports. Come and see some of the top XDL SA streetbike stunt-riders competing for glory in head-to-head battles, testing their skills in wheelies, 'burnouts' and 'endos'.
There's a world of snow in Hall 8, where visitors can experience the exhilaration of a ride on Africa's longest solid-ice toboggan slide. There's also a six-metre-high snow ramp to snowtube down, and a snow play-area and snowball alley.
Outside, make the most of the last of the warm days at the KwaZulu-Natal Beach Extravaganza's 3 500 m2 beach, complete with sand, beach umbrellas and beach entertainment activities.
The SANDF has a magnificent offering lined up for Rand Show visitors this year, with static exhibits of everything from fleets of military vehicles, tanks, air traffic control towers and missile simulators, to signalling equipment, dive tanks, and tracking and survival demonstrations.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.