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168 days to go

Fri 11 to Sun 20 August 2017

Family Entertainment

Family Entertainment

Heaps of FREE Entertainment!

To ensure all families can enjoy Queensland's favourite event and experience world-class Australian first entertainment we are committed to offering visitors a unique experience that can be enjoyed on any budget!

Give the kids a taste of the country and head to the woodchop and sheepdog trials, see if you can spot everyone’s favourite Farmyard Friends and other characters roaming the showgrounds and catch some of the many live music and entertainment acts happening throughout the show!

Family fun at this year’s Ekka – great for the little kids & the big kids at heart

More than 70 per cent of the Ekka is dedicated to free family entertainment and activities including the brand new EkkaNITES show, 10,000 animals and performances by a number of family favourites. Here are some of everyone's favourites returning in 2017. 


The much loved RACQ Animal Nursery is home to around 400 baby farmyard animals for families to meet, greet and cuddle, including lambs, calves, ducklings and goats. The popular Pat-A-Pig display, where visitors can get up close for a cuddle and a photo with the most charming piglets, will also be back this year. Ekka guests also have the opportunity to hold a baby chick who fits right in the palm of your hand!


Nambour State High School students will present 60 entertaining and informative milking demonstrations this Ekka. The Milking Barn is the place to go to watch live milking demonstrations, learn the art of separating cream and butter from the milk and even get tips on making cream and butter. Ekka visitors also have the opportunity to bring out the farmer within and milk a cow for themselves.


A crowd favourite within the Animal Boulevard, the Sheep Shearing demonstrations embrace both old and new traditions, highlighting the different techniques adapted throughout the years. It is a daily event where visitors can immerse themselves within the shearing shed environment and feel the freshly shorn wool!