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. It was also called the Grand Rand Show, when it was held a few weeks outside of Easter in the late 1980s.
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.
It continued to be held at Milner Park until 1984, when it was moved to the Expo Centre at Nasrec, and the brand was sold in 2000 to company Kagiso Exhibitions & Events, a subsidiary of Kagiso Media.
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 .
Rand Show Ran from 6 April 2012 to 15 April 2012.
The 2013 event of the Rand Show will run from the 28th March 2013 to 1 April 2013
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