Royal Queensland Show launched
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.
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.