THE EKKA: Memories growing up in Queensland
IF YOU or your family grew up in Queensland, chances are the word Ekka elicits a host of wonderful memories of rides, horses, cows, woodchop, sideshows and showbags, fairyfloss and, of course, fireworks.
There was always that anticipation as you entered the grounds, ready for a day of crowds and excitement.
And as the Ekka prepares for its 140th show next year, it's ensuring those memories come flooding back for people of all ages this August 5-14.
For the first time since 1897, the Old Museum-originally constructed for the RNA as Queensland's first exhibition building-returns to the show, transformed into the new Flower and Garden Exhibition and the Quilts Across Queensland precinct, with a special Ekka rose being cultivated to mark the occasion.
RNA chief executive Brendan Christou said the 139th Ekka would offer its 400,000 visitors plenty of action-packed entertainment and improved amenities as part of the $2.9 billion Brisbane Showgrounds redevelopment.
"It will also celebrate what's come before, which is a big part of Ekka's cross-generational appeal," Mr Christou said. "You can't put a price on the memories, stories and experiences of Ekka's past."
One of the headline acts of this year's show is the 25th anniversary of another Ekka institution, the fashion parades, with a special retrospective to open each show as the Ekka goes back to the future of fashion.
This year's show will feature world-class entertainment, including a spectacular new Heroes of the Outback night show and never before seen fireworks display, plus 10,000 animals, 21,000 competition entries, and award-winning food and wine.
"Ekka remains the best value family day out, because it is the only event in Queensland that offers a legacy of country tradition alongside the new," Mr Christou said.
Tickets remain the same price as last year for the 10 days of the show if you buy online. Go to www.ekka.com.au and don't forget People's Day on public holiday Wednesday, August 10.