Brisbane's Ekka is back

Excitement builds ahead of iconic event’s return.

The best of Queensland will be showcased for nine days in August when Brisbane’s Ekka returns.

The Royal Queensland Show, or Ekka, was cancelled for just the third time since it started in 1876 last year because of COVID-19 restrictions.

However, the cancellation has triggered a heightened sense of anticipation for the return event which will see RACQ continue as presenting partner.

Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland (RNA) Chief Executive Officer Brendan Christou said staff, exhibitors and the public could not wait to welcome back “Queensland’s largest and most-loved annual event”.

“There is wonderful community sentiment for the show and we feel very optimistic about this year’s Ekka,” Mr Christou said.

“After a very challenging 2020, I look forward to the people of Queensland coming back together again to celebrate our great state.

“I’m also looking forward to seeing the competition exhibits with our exhibitors spending many months preparing for the show and getting entries ready.”

Queensland farming communities have embraced the Ekka’s return despite the ongoing impact of drought in many regions.

“Our farming families are incredibly passionate and supportive of the Show,” Mr Christou said. 

“They rely on events like the Ekka that not just showcase and reward the best of the best, but also provide much-needed respite and highlight the many challenges they face, such as drought.

“We’ve had great interest in our agricultural competitions this year with thousands of entries already received.”

Mile district cattle breeder and RACQ member Julie Nixon is looking forward to resuming her association with the Ekka that stretches back nearly 30 years. 

She has regularly won prizes for her Hereford and Gelbvieh bulls, including grand champion, and her husband Aderian has been a long-time cattle steward at the Ekka.

“It was actually quite timely to have a break last year, just to rethink things, but it’s awesome to go back,” Julie said.

“We do it more to catch up with friends, see our peers, see how our cattle are going compared to other people’s cattle.

“It’s just one way to get like-minded people together.” 

In a break from tradition, the 2021 Ekka has been reduced from 10 days to nine, from 7-15 August, and will include two full weekends and the traditional public holiday.

This year crowds will be capped at 45,000 each day to meet COVID-safe plans.

RACQ Clubhouse

Visitors to the RACQ Clubhouse this year can buy a personalised figure.

They can choose eight hair/hat variations, three head choices, two torso choices and two leg choices before having their name (eight characters or less) printed on the personalised figure. 

Each figure will be built by volunteers and placed on a base stand featuring RACQ’s logo.

Visitor can then go to the second section of the Clubhouse featuring a 40% scale model of the RACQ Mobile Member Centre (MMC). 

Children will be able to sit in the front cabin to have their pictures taken and build their own section of the scene surrounding the MMC. 

The Clubhouse will also include a Neon Angel Wings photo wall and face painting.

Ekka tickets discount for RACQ members