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Daytime Entertainment

Heaps of FREE Daytime 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 around 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 percent of the Ekka is dedicated to free entertainment and activities including the brand new EkkaNITES show now featuring the Early Children's Fireworks presented by MG Motor at 6pm as well as the major finale at 7:45pm, 10,000 animals and performances by a number of family favourites. Here's what's new to Ekka in 2017. 

OPENING CEREMONY - New day and time!

WHEN: 12pm August 12

WHERE: Main Arena 

A special opening ceremony will be held on the first weekend of show, to welcome Ekka guests from across the state. 

Originally taking place on the first night of show, the Opening Ceremony - rich in heritage and tradition - will now be held at midday on the second day of Ekka.

It’ll be followed by not one, but two livestock parades this year, along with a stunt vehicle display paying tribute to the Holden Precision Driving Team.

Event overview: 

11.30am - Freestyle Motocross (Showtime FMX) 

11.45am - Army Entrance

12pm - Official Opening Ceremony

Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove will officially declare the show open, escorted by the Queensland Mounted Police Unit.

A plough will be pulled by Clydesdale horses into the Main Arena, ready for the ‘Blessing of the Plough.’ It’s an old Ekka tradition, which was re-introduced in 2000.

The Reverend Mark Coleridge, Archbishop of Brisbane, will perform the ‘Blessing of the Plough’.

The Australian national anthem will be sung, accompanied by the Australian Army Band Brisbane.

12.45pm - Parade of Livestock 

1.15pm -  Stunt Vehicle Display paying tribute to the Holden Precision Driving Team 

1.30pm - Stud Beef Paraders’ Competition

HERITAGE BANK WESTERN HIGH DIVE SHOW

 

WHEN: 11am, 12:30pm 2:30pm & 4:30pm daily

WHERE: Stockmen's Rest

Taking extreme diving to wild new heights, the Heritage Bank Western High Dive Show will see international and national professional divers make a splash from 25 metres in the air - and one will even be on fire, literally! Produced by Australian diver and ex-world champion Steve Black, the story begins in a little outback town called Balgo where the rough and tough Brown and Williams families are competing to be the very best.

The theatrical storyline will see four divers take giant leaps from three, 10, 15 and even 25 metre high diving boards, as they perform spectacular sky-high stunts, twisting, turning and tumbling through the air. As the show heats up and the rival families battle it out, one of the wild west divers is set on fire, plummeting 10 metres into the water below in a spectacular flame dive.

There’s certainly no room for error, with the divers landing in a tiny tank of water just eight metres wide and 2.8 metres deep – half the size of a professional diving pool and sure to have the crowds on the edge of their seats.  These professional high divers will thrill with their incredible stunts, as they take the plunge three times a day at Ekka.

BANANAS IN PYJAMAS LIVE SHOW PRESENTED BY AUSTRALIAN BANANAS  

WHEN: 10am, 11am & 12pm daily(except no 10am show August 12)

WHERE: Entertainment and Fashion Stage

TM © Australian Broadcasting Corporation, licensed in association with Southern Star Entertainment 2017 Original song by Carey Blyton

Australia’s favourite mischievous twins, B1 and B2, will be coming down the stairs and onto the stage at Ekka for the very first time.  

The coolest bananas in town will have a birthday party to organise for their teddy bear friend Lulu - but will they manage to get everything done, or will they run out of time having too much fun along the way? The show will feature songs from their iconic Australian TV series and some fun dance routines which the kids can follow along with.

Since hitting Australian TV screens in 1992, Bananas in Pyjamas has been a phenomenal success and is now loved by children in more than 135 countries. The popular show is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, with the special occasion even marked by the Royal Australian Mint with two commemorative coins. Find out how to win your very own set here!

After the show, Australian Banana Growers will give each kid a healthy banana to eat - it’s nature’s energy snack and will help get the children through the rest of their action-packed show day.

Are you thinking what I’m thinking - this is one show the kids are guaranteed to love! 

 

FARMYARD FRIENDS

WHEN: 9:30am & 11:30am daily (except no 9:30am show August 12)

WHERE: Entertainment and Fashion Stage 

Everyone’s favourite farmyard friends will take to the stage in a talent quest full of laughs, in this brand new show debuting at Ekka. Hayden the Horse, Barbara-ann Streisand the Sheep, Daisy the Cow and Milo the Sheep Dog will battle it out with their moves and microphone on ‘The Choice.’

The cuddly characters will have the crowd in stitches as they boot scoot and line dance, while singing parodies of Top 40 songs including ‘I’m too Handsome for this Farm’ and ‘Farmloose.’ Farmer Rhonda McDonald will MC the talent quest while the audience will judge - just who will pull out all the stops to be the star of the show?

Ekka guests might also hear the sounds of a familiar singer with Jo De Goldi, a contestant on 2015’s The Voice TV show, voicing Barbara-ann Streisand.

Not only will the show be an absolute hoot, the kids will also learn interesting agricultural facts along the way. With the farmyard friends’ unique personalities and crazy antics, this is one show the whole family is guaranteed to love.

Kids can also meet and get selfies with the cuddly crew, as they rove around Gregory Terrace at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm each day.

FEATHERED FRIENDS BIRD FLIGHT SHOW

WHEN: 2pm August 11 & 12, 3pm August 12-20, 4pm August 11 & 13-20 & 5pm daily

WHERE: Entertainment and Fashion Stage

For the very first time at Ekka, six of Australia’s most beautiful bird species will take flight as they soar across the audience and show off their unique personalities. The audience will have fun getting to know them - the colourful Eclectus Parrot and Blue and Gold Macaw to the wise old Barn Owl, and the most intelligent bird in the team, the cheeky Sulphur Crested Cockatoo. He will even demonstrate how he picks fruit from trees and even picks money from wallets!

XPOGO STUNT TEAM 

WHEN: 11:30am, 1pm & 2pm daily & 4:30pm August12, 13, 16 & 19

WHERE: Upper Gregory Terrace   

The world’s best extreme pogo demo crew are bouncing over from the USA and will reach new heights as they fly through the air and even jump a vehicle.   For the first time at Ekka, the Xpogo Stunt Team featuring championship pro athletes will bounce more than 10 feet in the air, performing backflips, synchronised pogo, athlete battles and more.  In a heart stopping move, high-flyer Michael will get some serious air as he jumps the full length of a vehicle – is he hopping mad?

COMMUNITY STAGE PRESENTED BY COLORBOND STEEL

WHERE: The Old Museum

The revived Community Stage is returning to Ekka after a two year hiatus. Themed ‘Dancing in the Garden,’ the stage will give dance schools and community groups the chance to showcase their talents in front of an audience, while providing a platform for plenty of gardening activities. Kids will not only love performing on stage, but also watching the different dance routines. They’ll also get involved in the gardening activities, including helping to decorate Costa Georgiadis’ beard with flowers.

ANGI THE FAIRY PRINCESS AND DIGGER THE DOG

Introducing Angi the fairy and Digger the dog, who will help guide children to the fun activities at The Old Museum. Follow them on an adventure to fun flower crown making and a challenging maze, starting at their secret home in the arbour which will be decorated with beautiful fairies and butterflies.  

ANGI THE FAIRY PRINCESS'S FLOWER CROWN ACTIVITY 

A flower crown is the perfect addition to every little princess’s Ekka outfit. Children will be shown how to make a special crown by The Flower School, using fresh flowers and art and craft materials – just like Angi’s beautiful crown.

KIDS ACTIVITIES ON THE FLOWER AND GARDEN PLATFORM STAGE

Kids will be invited up on stage to make their very own floral creation, when The Flower School runs their Children’s Cup Cake Designs activity. The kids will each be given a plastic cup with foam and they’ll get to pick out their favourite fresh flowers to arrange in the cup. They’ll then take their creation home – it’ll make the perfect decoration for their bedrooms. Hortiman will also run kids activities on the stage.

HAY-MAZING MAZE

Trying not to get lost like a needle in a haystack, kids will navigate their way through the Hay-mazing Maze – made of hay of course! They’ll come across six checkpoints, all featuring a fun quiz question about hay and they’ll have to answer ‘hay’ or ‘neigh.’ A correct answer will give them the right directions to the next checkpoint, but get the answer wrong and they’ll be sent the other way. If they eventually make it out of the mountain of straw they’ll be rewarded with a medal.

DARTS CHAMPIONSHIP - EKKA INVITATIONAL PRESENTED BY FORMULA SPORTS 

WHEN: 10am-4pm August 17  

WHERE: XXXX Stockmen's Bar and Grill

It’s either bullseye or goodbye, as competitors aim for victory in a darts competition being held at Ekka (August 17) for the very first time.  

Brisbane Northern Suburbs Darts Club, consisting of 23 teams and 160 members, are bringing their competition to the show and Australia’s only world champion, Tony David, will be competing.

Ekka guests will marvel at the skill of these pros, before having a go themselves to see if they can land their darts on the board. In this sport, competitors will enjoy the thrill of the competition without the inconvenience of the exercise.

Tony David

Tony is the only Australian darts player to have been a senior singles world champion, having taken out the 2002 Embassy World Championship. His nickname is ‘The Deadly Boomerang.’

ARM WRESTLING SUPERMATCHES

WHEN: 10am-1pm Sundat13 AUGUST

WHERE: XXXX Stockmen's Bar and Grill 

In a battle of the bulging biceps, the Australian Armwrestling Federation will hold its Queensland State Title 2017 at Ekka on Sunday 13 August.

Around 30 competitors will test their strength across three weight classes (lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight) in a double elimination competition.

From father and sons, husbands and wives and world title competitors, these strongmen and women will go arm to arm in a bid to take down their opponents.

Returning Family Favourites 

Don't worry - everyone's Ekka favourites and show essentials will be returning in 2017 for an action-packed show!

ANIMAL BOULEVARD AND RACQ ANIMAL NURSERY 

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!

LEGENDAIRY MILKING BARN

WHEN: 9:30am-3:30pm on the half hour, except for 12:30pm, daily 

WHERE: RACQ Animal Nursery 

Bring out your inner farmer and milk a cow for yourself at the Legendairy Milking Barn. Students from Nambour State High School will present 60 milking demonstrations that are both entertaining and informative. Ekka guests will learn about the art of separating cream and butter from milk and the top tips on how the experts make the best cream and butter. They’ll then have the chance to put their new skills to the test and milk a cow.

SHEEP SHEARING DEMONSTRATIONS

WHEN: 10am-3pm on the hour, daily

WHERE: RACQ Animal Nursery

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! They might also catch some celebrities up on stage embracing their inner farmer and giving shearing a go. 

THE WOODCHOP AND SAWING COMPETITION 

 

Showing off their incredible skill and pure strength, almost 2,000 axemen and women will compete in the Woodchop and Sawing Competition. With more than $100,000 in prizes up for grabs, the competition attracts entrants from as far as New Zealand and right across Australia - some are even fourth generation. This year sees the introduction of a new Under 13s junior class - you won’t want to miss these cute kids swinging their axes on August 12 and 13. You’ll also want to see the Jack and Jill Double Handed Sawing Championship on August 12, plus Relay Races will be held on the Main Arena each night of show as part of EkkaNITES. The Woodchop and Sawing Competition is a show highlight and has been held for more than a century.

Displaying precision, power and speed, Woodchop and Sawing has been running for more than a century and is an Ekka highlight.

LENDLEASE SHEEPDOG TRIALS

WHERE: Main Arena 

You’ll be amazed by the close working relationship between the entrants in the Sheep Dog Trials and their trusted best friends. The competition was first held at Ekka in 1899, with the dogs judged on cast, approach, bridging, obstacle and general work. These clever canines will show off their sheep herding skills across five days throughout Ekka (August 13, 15, 17, 18 & 19), with the finals held on the last day of show (August 20) from 4.30pm.

AUSTRALIAN STOCKWHIP CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY PACKER LEATHER 

WHEN: 9:00am – 3:00pm, presentations at 3:30pm Friday 11 August 2017

WHERE: Sector 3 Oval 2

With their cracking routines, the best and youngest whip crackers in the region will show off their skills in the Australian Stockwhip Challenge presented by Packer Leather on Friday August 11 at 9am. 

For the fourth year at Ekka, competitors including from St John’s Lutheran Primary School, St Mary’s Catholic College and community group South Burnett Crackers will be given a fair crack of the whip as they compete across four categories:

  • Pee-Wee (8yrs & under)
  • Juvenile (12yrs & under)
  • Junior (16yrs & under)
  • Packer Leather Open Division (all ages)

As it’s Packer Leather’s 125th anniversary this year, the pool of prize money in the open division has been increased to $1,250 (1st $700, 2nd $350, 3rd $200). 

These talented whip crackers are sure to impress while having a cracking good time!

Don't forget to check out the Sunday Mail Children's Carnival!