It’s that time of the year when Queenslanders everywhere heel and toe there way over to the Brisbane Showgrounds because the Ekka is back, baby! The Royal Queensland Show is the state’s largest and most loved annual event, but whether you’ve attended the iconic occasion since you were the size of a show bag or this is your first time moseying down, there’s something for everyone here.

 

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The Ekka has been running since 1876 and if you doubt its ability to put on a good time, rest assured that the average 400,000 people who attend annually can’t be wrong. The 142nd show will continue to showcase the best of Queensland with award-winning food, thrilling rides, spirited competitions, family entertainment and enough strawberry ice cream to last you until the next Ekka.

 

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For ten full days, watch wood choppers battle it out, get cuddly with the cutest baby animals, tap your boots to a range of talented musicians and watch the race that should stop the nation – the Heritage Bank Racing Pigs. If you want to get in on the action, head to Side Show Alley for a heap of carnival fun, enjoy the best seat in the house from Australia’s first rotating gondola Ferris Wheel or release your adrenaline on the many thrill-seeking rides. Of course, you can’t go home without a treat to remember the day so take your pick from more than 350 show bags in the Showbag Pavillion, and if that leaves you feeling spoilt for choice, good luck choosing what to eat! There are five food precincts to pick from – Royal Queensland Steakhouse, Woolworths Fresh Food Pavillion, Gourmet Plaza, Cooking School presented by Spotlight and King Street Feast – and you can wash it all down at one of the four bars on site.

 

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2019 also sparks the return of EkkaNITES, where the Main Arena will come alive under the moonlight for a free action-packed two hours of world-acts and edge of your seat thrills. Plus, it wouldn’t be an Ekka if it didn’t light up the Brisbane skyline with a dazzling fireworks display, so expect two each night. This is just the tip of the iceberg of food, arts, entertainment, fashion, animals and amusements Ekka has to offer, so giddy up because you won’t want to miss a thing!

 

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Event Details:
When: Friday August 9 to Sunday August 18 2019 from 9am until 10pm
Where: Brisbane Showgrounds
Tickets: Available here

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