Historic Ekka firsts lead to super savings

HISTORIC hip pocket savings make this year's Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) presented by RACQ the best value ever, with the first two day pass in the show's 139 year history, dedicated two for one ride and food days, plus 15 per cent off all online tickets up until Ekka eve.

With just 88 days to show, the countdown to Ekka has begun with the RNA keeping online ticket prices at 2015 rates for the 10 days of show, a two day pass plus Super Ride Tuesday and Super Food Sunday ensuring families can experience all the magic of the Ekka without breaking the bank.

The two day pass (Adults $45, Children $30, Concession $36) means visitors can return for a second day at half price - signalling a major historic saving. The two day pass is available online until Ekka eve (August 4) and is valid for any two days of the 10 day Ekka period.

The new Super Ride Tuesday means families can purchase 2 for 1 rides on Tuesday August 9, while Super Food Sunday on August 14 will feature a 2 for 1 food deal offered at participating outlets plus 15 per cent off entry on those two days of show.

RNA Chief Executive Brendan Christou said these new incentives would allow people to experience more of what Queensland's biggest and most loved annual event had to offer.

"We are a not for profit organisation staging the biggest event of the year and it's vital that people can afford to come to the show and enjoy it on any budget,'' he said.

"We believe our 2 for 1 ride and food days combined with 15 per cent off entry prices, will help families battling cost of living rises.

"Our historic two day pass offers great savings but has also been designed to offer more convenience particularly for parents with young children.

"With more than 300 free things to do and see each day, it's easy to see why people love spending more than one day at the Ekka and now it's cheaper than ever to do so.

"Since our first show in 1876 almost 30 million people have come through the gates and we want to ensure the Ekka remains as affordable as possible."

Mr Christou said for the fourth year in a row, the special value packs were back and offered savings of almost 30 per cent.

"These value packs cover rides, food and entry so parents have peace of mind knowing all costs are covered and there won't be any budget blowouts,'' he said.

The Ultimate Family Value Pack offers a family of four entry, meals, drinks and $80 worth of rides for $180 - a saving of almost $70.  

Families also have the option of bringing their own food and purchasing a Rider Family Value pack, which offers entry and $80 worth of rides for $140 - a saving of more than $40.

Those who get in early and buy their discounted tickets in May will also go into the draw to win an exclusive XXXX and State of Origin prize pack.

The discounted tickets are available exclusively at www.ekka.com.au and www.racq.com/ekka until Ekka eve.

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