Brisbane Exhibition, Brisbane
This is one of the big events of the year - when for 10 days, the folks from the country meet up the those from the city. Starts on 16 August this year, starting with the cattle judging for the diehards (like my husband!) - and then the fun of the Show begins!
While the kids rarely venture from sideshow alley and the showbag pavillion, without the insistenceof their parents, they usually enjoy the real things of the show as well - prize animals of all breeds (you can spend all day looking at the feathered variety alone!), cows and horses, goats etc., the produce pavillions, woodchopping displays (one of our favourites), craft etc., fashion parades, showcasing of local and state farm craft.....There are nightly fireworks, concerts, shows in the ring etc.
The girls love to check out the farm boys in their moleskins and RM Williams boots, as a novely attraction from the local city boys! The Cattleman's Bar is the perfect place to sidle up at the bar beside a country counterpart for the city folk, and enjoy a meeting with someone from a totally different lifestyle.
A big part of the EKKA is the rural folk coming into town to show their produce. There are shows, demonstrations and judging.
There's fruit and vege, the baby animal petting barn (its a big barn where the animals are just roaming free. You walk among them and feed them), barns where the show animals are kept - poultry, horses, goats, emu chicks. All manner of other animals. Then there's pets, the cat, dog and bird shows and the judging - best in show.
Don't miss the sheep dog trials! And the pig that loves to dive.
If you're an animal lover, the EKKA is a great place to be.
If your in Brisbane when the ekka is on, you might want to consider going.
there's heaps of stuff to see and do, and its a good excuse to let your hair down, get high on sugar lollies and go crazy!
I have been going to the ekka since i was 3
every ekka wednesday without fail.
the tradition for many brisbane people is almost as importantas christmas.
In 2001 around 680 000 visitors flocked to the RNA Showgrounds during the 10 days of the Show
The commercial aspect of the Show consists of around 60 sideshow attractions as well as food, beverages and other products and services (including an array of over 300 show bags) amounting to 500 exhibitors in total.