It’s Show time and it’s better than ever

2010-03-27 09:39

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a kid I frequented the Rand Show every year. Easter weekends equated to standing

in long queues in the blistering sun and then being rewarded with candyfloss and

fun-filled rides. Being at the Rand Show meant lots and lots of walking – from

one hall to another until your feet hurt and you were left with bruises from

bumping into family and friends.

Over

the years, however, the Rand Show lost its allure and instead of excitement the

10-day spectacle has been met with a rather nonchalant attitude.

Name

changes and rumours of the show being shut down year in and year out have also

made the general public rather ambivalent about the once-thriving exhibition.

This

year’s show, however, is going back to those family values which made the Rand

Show so popular so many years ago. According to Pieter Bruwer, the show’s

marketing manager, “our new strategic focus is on the family, with the lifestyle

interests of families firmly in the spotlight.

“There

will be several mini-shows and shopping zones grouping related products and

services together. Our line-up of performances and displays are all included in

the price of the entry ticket.”

Like

most events in South Africa, the Rand Show will focus on the World Cup. Visitors

can flex their football skills with five-a-side matches on a special inflatable

pitch. There’s also a speed cage where visitors can test their goal speed, and

target football, a game where your success comes down to your ­accuracy and ball

skills. Ten members of the Professional Football Players’ Association will be

attending the Rand Show’s Soccer Festival to help kids get to grips with ball

skills.

If

you are suffering from football fatigue, there are various shopping stalls to

browse through, from imported bedding from Syria and Egypt to local artwork. In

addition to this are food stalls, boat shows, circus shows and fitness

competitions. Even the prices have been slashed this year, with kids under six

going in for free and entrance for kids between 12 and 16 being a mere R20.

Adults pay R40 from Tuesday to Thursday and R70 for the other days.

Says

Bruwer: “We hope the slash in prices will encourage the entire family to visit

the show.” Hopefully people will do just that.

  • The Rand Show runs

    from April 1– 11 at the ­Nasrec Expo Centre. Gates open at 10am and close at

    6pm, though all exhibits remain open until 8pm. Tickets are available at

    Computicket or the gates.

  • Win tickets to the Rand Show. Sms CP/Randshow and your name to 35591. Smses cost R3. Competition closes on Wednesday at 12pm.


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