If you've never been to the Ekka or wondering whether to return this year, then I hope I can tempt you with some of the exciting new events and features. The organisers are hoping this year's 139th Ekka will be the best value ever.
This year the Ekka has introduced a Two Day Pass, where you can return for a second day at half price. There will be special tickets for Super Ride Tuesday and Super Food Sunday. The general ticket prices have been kept at last year's prices. I recommend avoiding the queues by pre-purchasing your Ekka tickets online.
The numbers of people who attend this yearly event are just mind-boggling. This year they are expecting over 400,000 people through the gates. There will be over 10,000 animals and 21,000 competition entries.
New This Year
The Old Museum will be transformed into a new Flower and Garden Exhibition and house the Quilts Across Queensland exhibition. There will even be a special Ekka rose cultivated to mark the historic building's return to its original home. Did you know it was originally constructed in 1891 as Brisbane's first Exhibition building?
This year marks the 25th year of fashion parades at the Ekka with a retrospective. You'll see couture and ready to wear fashion from some of Queensland's top designers and talented fashion students, including White Label Noba, Hunt Kelly, Irma J Smith House of Fashion, Maiocchi, Tengdahl, Pia du Pradal, Darb Couture, George Wu, Paul Hunt, Sacha Drake and Louenhide; as well as students from TAFE Queensland Brisbane and QUT Fashion School.
The activities for children will include Meet the Bales, the Triceratops Tiara Tea Party, Secret Fairy Garden and activities with Hortiman. The Paw Patrol Show led by Marshall the firedog and Chase the police pup will keep the kids in their seats.
The Main Arena will feature a night show featuring four parts – tradition, the Hot Wheels High Octane Show, live music and finish with a new fireworks display.
Enjoy watching the Canadian Lumberjacks teams compete against each other or marvel at the thrilling and daring acrobatic show of the Zimboyz from Africa. The Circus Fireman will entertain with their high-energy acrobatics, red hot juggling and home grown comedy.
This year's Ekka is more than just dagwood dogs and strawberry sundaes, so have a look at their website and plan out your day. I'm not a fan of the rides, but I love to see all the amazing photography and paintings and then visit the fresh food pavilion to restock the fridge and cupboard with some amazing local products.
The Ekka 2016 will be held over ten days from Friday 5th to Sunday 14th August 2016. The Ekka show day falls on Wednesday 10th August 2016.
For more information and to purchase tickets head to the Ekka website.
Roy Chambers has written a great article on his Tips and Secrets to this year's Ekka.