Brisbane’s Ekka Show Attracts Thousands of Visitors for First Weekend

The first weekend of Brisbane’s Ekka Royal Queensland Show saw a gathering of thousands of city and country dwellers. More than 550 exhibitor stands showcased a wide range of Australia’s finest produce, from native flowers and bees to beef cattle and show ponies. The Brisbane Showground’s Sideshow Alley was filled with carnival rides and popular treats like Dagwood dogs and strawberry sundaes.

One exhibitor, interior designer Erica Richardson, traveled from Harlin to showcase native plants. She expressed her excitement about the crowd’s interest in native plants and their understanding of the importance of native wildlife and bees. The opening day of the Brisbane Ekka attracted over 40,000 visitors, marking a successful return after being forced to shut down for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Various animals, including cattle, horses, poultry, and dogs, were being judged at this year’s show. Stock agent Vince O’Brien from Toogoolawah looked forward to the crowning of Australia’s top bulls, as the event showcased the best exhibits of every breed to determine the champion of champions. Over 1,100 beef cattle participated in the cattle competitions, making it one of the largest annual cattle competitions in Australia.

Truro Sherlock, a bull owned by Scotty and Pip Hann from Moree, won the title of top stud bull. Scotty Hann expressed his joy and excitement, emphasizing the love and dedication that goes into rearing these animals.

The Ekka also highlighted the connection between city and country people. Many visitors expressed their admiration for animals and the opportunity to interact with them. The Royal Australian Air Force provided entertainment with jazz renditions and guitar solos.

The Ekka’s volunteer program manager, Erin Peters, mentioned the significant contribution of the hundreds of local volunteers who helped make the event a success. She highlighted the community engagement and the behind-the-scenes experience the volunteers enjoyed.

Throughout the week, over 1,700 Ekka sundae volunteers are expected to distribute more than 130,000 strawberry sundaes. The Ekka continues to attract visitors from all over, providing a platform to experience the best of Australian agriculture and animal exhibits.