Fireworks, strawberry sundaes, heart-stopping thrills and cute, cuddly animals.. yes, Queensland’s largest and most loved annual event is back – and bigger than ever before!
The Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) is set to delight approximately 400,000 patrons between the 10th and 19th of August. RNA Chief Executive Brendan Christou said this year’s Ekka is more accessible than ever, with the reduction of price for their most popular tickets.
“Two of the most popular Ekka attractions are the Night Show and our great food options and the new Twilight Ticket means people can come to Ekka from 6pm till late and enjoy the show for half price,” Mr Christou said.
“The gate price for a family ticket has dropped from $89 to $80 and is even cheaper to buy online with more discounts on offer.
“We understand cost of living pressures and the impact on family budgets, so we try and make the show affordable for all to enjoy.”
However, what patrons will enjoy the most are the big changes coming to the Ekka in 2018, including the new CRT Pavillion, an Ekka App, Technology Precinct, Dagwood Dog eating competitions and lots, lots more.
“That’s why we have invested in building a new home for large and small breeds during the show – The CRT Pavilion, plus giving wood chop a brand new all-weather indoor arena experience,” Mr Christou said.
“It is the only building of its kind in the world and has been specially designed to house animals during Ekka and act as an events space and car park facility outside of show – with all revenue invested back into the Ekka.”
One Scenic Rim local who is excited for the Ekka to roll around is Melissa Stubbs, who works in the Farmyard Friends pavilion.
“I’ve been involved with the Ekka in total for fourteen years now,” she said.
“My responsibilities are to take care of the wellbeing of the animals, making sure they’re happy and healthy while everyone has a good time patting them and keeping them company.
“The smile on people’s faces when they come to the Ekka and I get to see that every day.. that’s what I enjoy the most.”
For more information on the Ekka, including ticket purchases check out www.ekka.com.au.
Images Courtesy of the Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland (RNA).