From being one of Johannesburg's annual draw-card events, the Rand Show has in recent years been hit by diminishing crowds. Now the Expo Centre, which bought the Rand Show in 2009, is trying to win back the interest of thousands of South Africans who had previously attended the event religiously.
"There have been complaints the show can be expensive.
"Now people can bring their picnic baskets and most entertainment is free.
"The only thing people have to pay for are the fun and helicopter rides," the Rand Show's Pula Dippenaar said.
In what is perhaps another effort to boost interest in the show is the re-emergence of the SABC as a sponsor after a hiatus from the show.
The new package also includes the return of the popular Looping Star Rollercoaster.
Gospel singers as well as other musical talents will form part of the entertainment, as well as animal exhibitions, stunt shows, circus acts for children and adults and prizes that can be won throughout the event.
Tickets cost R80 for adults, R20 for children aged 6-12 years, R40 for those aged 12-16 and children below the age of six are free. Pensioners above the age of 65 pay R40.
On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the tickets are half price. Parking will cost R20 for each vehicle.
Tickets are available at Computicket and also at the gate.
The show runs from April 6 to 15. Gates open daily from 8am to 8pm.