121 years of Easter Show fun

2015-03-26 15:49

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The Rand Easter Show returns for the 121st year, and it promises to be yet another 10 days of good old family fun across all of its seven themed halls.

It is expected that by the end of the expo, which starts next Friday to Sunday, April 12, more than 250 000 people would have visited South Africa’s biggest show event.

There was little fanfare when the expo launched today at its base, Nasrec Expo centre in Johannesburg.

Some of the key activities include the Naked Scientist, parabots, mighty men and women, solar challenge, international pirates paradise and extreme bag jumping stunts

Speaking just after the launch, Craig Newman, chief executive of the Expo Centre, Nasrec, said the show would not be changing its 120-year-old tradition of being the ideal destination for the family but, as always, revellers should expect nothing but the best entertainment and activities.

Newman said it was important keep to building on the success of the past while also making sure that the entertainment offering improved.


“This year we have a range of entertainment to choose from. We have equipment imported from Brazil as well as locally brewed entertainment from musicians, to robot technology from institutions such as University of Johannesburg. There is enough for everyone, even entertainment specifically for dads,” said Newman.

As has been the tradition over the years, the South African National Defence Force will be putting on a wide range of displays that are aimed at highlighting the various activities of the defence force.

“Our partnership with the force has been strengthened and we look forward to having the force demonstrate its services for the education and entertainment of all South Africans who visit the expo this year,” said Newman.

Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga said it was important for the defence force to be part of an event such as the expo because it allowed them the opportunity to interact with ordinary South Africans, particularly the youth of the country who might not be aware of some of the services rendered by the force.

Gauteng Tourism has also partnered with the expo for the fifth year running.

Its corporate communications officer, Barba Gaoganediwe, said being part of the expo was key in marketing the province.

Tickets cost R100 for adults (through Computicket) or R120 at the gate and R50 for pensioners over 65.

Tickets for teens aged 13 to 16 cost R50, and children aged 6 to 12 pay R20, while those under six enter for free.

Gates open daily at 9am and close at 7pm.

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