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Celebrating a Queensland Tradition – The Ekka

August 25, 2017
The Ekka

The Ekka


The Royal Queensland Show or ‘The Ekka’ as it is fondly known has been a tradition in Brisbane for 140 years.  Growing up in Sydney, we always went to the ‘Royal Easter Show’ each year, however having lived in Brisbane now for over 30 years I have only been to The Ekka twice.  The last time was when my son was in first grade at school and I went with his class.

As part of my 60th birthday celebrations, my Saturday Sisters thought it was time for me to revisit some childhood memories.  They go every year and so I put myself in their hands and off we went.

Meeting at 8:30am we caught the bus and walked to the Exhibition Grounds.  Gates open at 9am and because we were going on a public holiday it was crowded!!!

First stop was a coffee and toasted ham & cheese sandwich to fortify us for the day.  It was delicious.  We walked around the first pavilion where different stalls were selling food and were having tasting sessions.

Next stop was over to the Craft area which included Cake Decorating, Crochet, Cake baking and Art & Photography.  I marveled at the sugar flowers that looked so real yet were made just from icing sugar – amazing and talented people.

I have always loved the displays of produce where farmers display their fruit and vegetables usually with a theme.  I’ve never seen pumpkins so big!!!

The Ekka

After some inspiration for my next cake decorating project, we moved to take our seats for the Fashion Parade.  This showcases new and experienced designers all using materials made from Australian Natural Fibres.  The theme this year was ‘Back to Nature’ and designers used materials such as cotton, wool, bamboo and silk.

Still full from our breakfast and taste testing, we decided on the famous Strawberry Ice Cream for a snack.  This is a ‘must do’when visiting the Ekka but I had never tried one.  An ice cream cone with fresh strawberries in the bottom, then scoops of straweberry ice cream, topped with cream and strawberries.   I’m not usually a strawberry fan but this was delicious!

The Ekka

A visit to the Ekka is not complete without seeing the baby farm animals in the Animal Boulevard where you can get up close and personal with the animals.  You can pat a pig, cradle a chick or see some sheep shearing.  It was pretty crowded so we didn’t really get to see it all.  It is a little like Noah’s Ark with Alpacas to Cows to Sheep to Horses and all other farm animals in between on show.

The Ekka is a time for country folk to show their skills and there are many events to be entered.  To receive a Best in Show award is highly prized.

Of course, there is always the Show Bags to buy and Side Show Alley but I just walked through those as to me that isn’t what the Ekka is about.

Final stop was the wood chopping and the main arena which always has something happening.

I left my friends at 3pm exhausted but they were carrying on into the night to see the fireworks.

It was certainly a fun day and maybe I might even start making it a tradition to go each year.

Do you have something similar where you live?

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  • Reply Donna August 25, 2017 at 06:53

    What a wonderful birthday celebration, Sue! Your ‘Saturday Sisters sound amazing….as does the strawberry ice cream cone! I definitely vote for you to continue this tradition each year!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 25, 2017 at 15:29

      Yes, I agree Donna I think I will continue this tradition with the Saturday Sisters!

  • Reply Leanne | crestingthehill August 25, 2017 at 17:06

    We have a local show – kind of a mini Royal Show (WA’s version of the Ekka) and we took the kids each year. We’ve only been back once since they left home, but it was a lovely day out and your pictures reminded me about what simple pleasures there are in an agricultural show 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 26, 2017 at 14:13

      It is a simple pleasure isn’t it Leanne and I’m thinking I will go with the Saturday Sisters every year now. A new tradition 🙂

  • Reply Linda Hobden August 26, 2017 at 04:13

    Sounds like a lot of fun Sue! ? I live in a rural area and we have a yearly country show called the Blackwater Show ( we are on the River Blackwater). On show are farm animals, working police dog demonstration, shire horses, tractors, pedaloes on the lake, birds of prey, archery, rifle range, clay pigeon shooting, food/produce stalls, garden furniture, handicrafts, off road landrover rides, road train and even a Viking reenactment! Ours is held in June and tends to coincide with Fathers Day.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 26, 2017 at 14:11

      Oh I love the English countryside Linda and would enjoy your Blackwater Show I’m sure. Have a lovely weekend and thanks for dropping by. x

  • Reply Nikki Gwin August 29, 2017 at 12:22

    In the south (USA) there is a larger State Fair which sound very much like your description of Ekka. I haven’t been in a couple of years, but the last one we went to was with my daughter and grandkids in Tennessee. We had a lot of fun.
    I love the way you spent your 60th birthday. Thats right up my alley.
    🙂 gwingal

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 29, 2017 at 14:40

      We had so much fun Nikki and as I wrote it must be over 30 years since I went. I’m sure it will become an annual tradition with my Saturday Sisters!

  • Reply A sentence a day August - Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond September 7, 2017 at 07:01

    […] August 16 –  Today is a public holiday in Queensland for the Royal Exhibition, fondly known as ‘The Ekka’ when the Country comes to the City.  Went with some friends and enjoyed my first every Ekka Strawberry Ice cream. Yum!  You can read my post about The Ekka tradition here. […]

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