Ex­trav­a­gant

Royal Queens­land Show launched

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News - An­drea Davy an­drea.davy@ru­ral­weekly.com.au

THE Ekka spirit was alive and well at the show’s of­fi­cial launch in Bris­bane.

Cat­tle from Nudgee Col­lege, show dogs and roost­ers were trans­ported into the big smoke to ring in the Royal Queens­land’s Show 140th year.

In an ex­trav­a­ganza of an event, cheer­lead­ers, mod­els, singers and show­men per­formed while show food, in­clud­ing straw­berry Sun­days, were of­fered to the crowd.

RNA chief ex­ec­u­tive Bren­dan Chris­tou said the 140th an­niver­sary was an op­por­tu­nity to thank Queens­lan­ders for their sup­port of the show.

“The Ekka is the peo­ple’s show and this year we are cel­e­brat­ing its 140th an­niver­sary by giv­ing back to the peo­ple who have made the show what it is to­day,” Mr Chris­tou said.

“This year there will be half-price tick­ets and two fire­works shows of an evening.

“Two of the most pop­u­lar Ekka at­trac­tions are the night show and our great food op­tions; the new Twi­light Ticket means peo­ple can come to the Ekka from 6pm til late and en­joy the show for half price.

“Food­ies can come straight from work and en­joy an award-win­ning meal and qual­ity live en­ter­tain­ment in our food pavil­ions which will open un­til late for the first time. Fam­i­lies can come af­ter school for din­ner, watch the night show and en­joy a few more hours of fun at sideshow and show­bags.”

The Ekka has been staged ev­ery year ex­cept for just two – in 1919 due to the Span­ish in­fluenza epi­demic and in 1942 dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

PHO­TOS: AN­DREA DAVY

TOP JOB: Ley­ton Ro­drigues from Nudgee Col­lege han­dles sim­brah cow Gowrie Lucinda at the Ekka me­dia launch.

Wood­chop­pers Cooper Beu­tel, Mil­lie Retschlag and Chielle Beu­tel bat­tle it out at the Ekka launch in Bris­bane.

Elise Lenske with her Aus­tralian shep­herd show­dog, Hud­son. The pair has been on the show cir­cuit for about six years.

Friends Con­nie O'Hara and Bri­die An­driske have a ball on the showrides at the Ekka launch.

Holly Jack­son has the chance to get up close to an­i­mals for the first time.

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