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About the Ekka

The Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) is Queensland's largest and most loved annual event, attracting on average 400,000 people.

Run by the RNA and staged at its original birthplace, the Brisbane Showgrounds, the Ekka brings the country and city together for a true celebration of agriculture.

The Ekka showcases the best of Queensland, attracting more than 21,000 competition entries from woodchop to giant vegetables, 10,000 animals from beef cattle to cats and dogs, world-class live entertainment, award-winning food and wine, carnival rides and showbags, family shopping, educational activities and much more.

The iconic show has been running since 1876 and is full of traditions, a unique atmosphere and childhood memories that have been passed down through generations of families.

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About the RNA

The Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland (RNA) is a not for profit member-based association that runs the Ekka on behalf of the community each year.

The RNA's mission is to celebrate and champion the essential role agriculture plays in the everyday lives of Queenslanders.

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Charitable requests

The Ekka is delighted to give back to the Queensland community. Learn more about the Ekka's community spirit below and how to submit a charitable request through Friends of Ekka.

Community Spirit

The Ekka is delighted to give back to the Queensland community. Learn more about the Ekka's community spirit below.

Prince Charles Hospital Foundation

The Ekka strawberry sundaes have been funding much needed medical research for the Prince Charles Hospital Foundation for 30 years.

The sweet treats are a family favourite and have been enjoyed by millions of Ekka guests - they’re delicious and the profits help fund medical research to tackle some of Australia’s most debilitating chronic illnesses.

On average, more than 153,000 sundaes are devoured each Ekka, using:

  • 6.1 tonnes of fresh Queensland strawberries
  • 720 litres of fresh cream
  • 17,600 litres of LICK ice cream
  • The helping hands of 2,200 volunteers
Lady Cilento Children's Hospital

The Ekka is once again delighted to take a little slice of Ekka action to the children at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

For more than a decade, the RNA and Children’s Hospital Foundation have joined forces to put some Ekka smiles on the faces of kids who can’t attend Queensland’s most loved event due to injury or illness.

Our entertainers and showbag exhibitors give freely of their time and products each year to give the kids and their families a dose of Ekka.

Community Showcase

The Ekka is Queensland’s largest community event and is proud to provide a stage to hundreds of talented individuals.

The Ekka showcases the best of Queensland including artists, industry groups, school groups, musicians, entertainers, exhibitors and competitors, many of whom are provided an audience of around 400,000 people, including on the Community Stage.

Queensland Ag Shows (QCAS)

Queensland Ag Shows is proud to partner with the RNA to present the State Finals for their annual competitions at this year’s Ekka, including:

  • Miss Showgirl

The Ekka is proud to host the 11 state finalists for Miss Showgirl, a competition promoting young women involved in Queensland's Agricultural Show movement.

  • Natural Fibres Competition

Amateur dress makers and aspiring designers will showcase their latest wearable art creations in the Natural Fibres Competition, which aims to promote the primary industries in Queensland.

  • Ute muster

Engines will be revving when the famous Ute Muster drives into the Main Arena. The competition aims to raise interest in Queensland utes within the community.

  • Rural Ambassador Awards

Highlighting the importance of young people in rural and regional Queensland, the Rural Ambassador Awards celebrate those who have an involvement in and passion for the Agricultural Show movement.

Ekka spirit

Embrace Ekka's rich history and its unique role in the life of Queenslanders across all generations and check out the Spirit of the Ekka video.

View Of The Sideshow Alley And Amusement Rides At The Ekka In Brisbane Queensland
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