Everything you need to know about the Ekka Royal Queensland Show

The Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) will be running over eight days in 2023 at Brisbane Showground. Combining the best of Brisbane’s city and country life, this iconic event attracts over 400,000 visitors each year. The 2023 Ekka has plenty of agricultural delight on offer, so read on to find out more.


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What is the Ekka?

Formally titled The Royal Queensland Show, the Ekka first began in 1876 and has created childhood memories over many generations. The show originally had 1000 local agricultural exhibits, a free show bag full of coal, and got its first merry-go-round in 1877. Over the years, its annual festivities have included various displays, including exciting new technological demonstrations, culinary experiences, and animal performances. The show has also included a wide range of competitions that remain integral to its success. This year’s competitions feature lots of intriguing talents, from dagwood dog eating to high fashion.

What’s on at the 2023 Ekka?

Entries are now open for more than five categories of competitions, including animals, agriculture, arts/cookery/fashion, education, entertainment, and flower/garden. Farmers will be competing for various titles, including best stud beef, dairy goat, and sheep. Animal sections will also include aquatic life, cats, and dogs.

The kids can get involved with child-friendly competitions such as The Little Sprouts Competition or best school scarecrow. This year’s school garden section will be sporting a ‘Mini Farm’ theme, and entries will be displayed with their corresponding student explanations.

The Queensland Country Life Showgirl competition will also be running with 11 state finalists selected from hundreds of entrants across 128 QLD shows. Best of all, it promotes leadership for women in regional and rural areas and encourages these young ladies to develop life-long skills.

As well as the extensive selection of competitive displays, the Ekka will have show bags and rides, so there will be plenty to explore.

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When is the 2023 Ekka?

The Ekka will run from Saturday, August 12th 2023, to Sunday August 20th 2023. Check out the Ekka online program and enter competitions here.

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