Community Spirit

Community Spirit

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.

IMPORTANT UPDATE - Friends of Ekka

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and limits on guest numbers, the RNA is unfortunately unable to operate its usual Friends of Ekka charitable ticket application process for the 2021 Ekka.

We thank those organisations and individuals who normally apply for their understanding and support.

We hope to bring the Friends of Ekka program back for the 2022 Ekka and will provide regular updates.

Friends 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.