Rand Show

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The Rand Show, also called the Rand Easter Show is an annual show held in Johannesburg, South Africa, and is the largest consumer exhibition in the world, outside of the United States. It has been an important event in the city for many years, attracting in excess of 400 000 visitors in 2007.[1] It was also called the Grand Rand Show, when it was held a few weeks outside of Easter in the late 1980s[citation needed].

The show was first held in 1894 by the Witwatersrand Agricultural Society, and opened by Paul Kruger, at a venue called Milner Park, which is today the site of the University of the Witwatersrand's West Campus. It was held again in 1895 and 1896, and reestablished subsequent to the end of the Anglo Boer War, in 1907. In 1936, the Rand Show was called the Empire Exhibition.[1]

The 1960 show was the site of a failed assassination attempt on Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd, by white farmer David Pratt[1].

It continued to be held at Milner Park until 1984, when it was moved to the Expo Centre at Nasrec,[1] and the brand was sold in 2000 to company Kagiso Exhibitions & Events, a subsidiary of Kagiso Media.[2]

In 2009, the Rand Show was to have moved to Gallagher Estate, with a separate Joburg Easter Festival being held at the Nasrec Expo Centre, however, the Expo Centre bought the Rand Show brand back from Kagiso, and the Rand Show was held, as normal, at Nasrec, as the Joburg Easter Festival, incorporating the Rand Show [2].

In 2010, the show, branded as the Rand Show and subtitled Joburg's Easter Festival[3], was again held at Nasrec, and the 2011 Rand Show scheduled to take place from 22 April to 2 May 2011 [4].

Rand Show Ran from 6 April 2012 to 15 April 2012.

The 2013 event of the Rand Show ran from the 28th March 2013 to 1 April 2013

The 2014 Event will be Hosted again at NASREC from 18 April 2014 to 28 April 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Rand Show gets a new northern home City of Johannesburg
  2. ^ Expo Centre buys back Rand Show eprop

The Rand Show 2012 – Press Conference and Highlights