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Ekka’s back! Royal Queensland Show to receive $6.5 million boost

Mark your calendars — the Royal Queensland Show (affectionately known as the Ekka) is back in 2022, after a two-year hiatus.

The federal government recently announced a $6.5 million grant to help the event make an historic return in August.

Talking to radio 4BC recently, Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said Ekka’s return is a sign people are moving on from the pandemic.

“There was a lot of fear at the beginning of the year,” Schrinner said. “Then we’ve had this challenge with the floods … people are thinking less about COVID-19 and more about other things.”

RNA (Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland) CEO Brendan Christou said without the Government’s lifeline the Ekka was facing a difficult financial predicament.

“[The funding] means we can confidently go ahead and run this year’s show,” he said.

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This year’s dates

Christou said the 2022 Ekka dates are August 6-14. This year’s event will be run over nine days, instead of 10.

The change in dates gives people a greater opportunity to enjoy the event, including two weekends plus the Show Day holiday for Brisbane residents.

“You get five days that are either public holidays or weekends … We think that makes a lot of sense in this day and age,” Christou said.

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Ekka to be bigger and better

Coronavirus cancelled the Ekka for the past two years, but this year’s Ekka will feature new things to see and do. The Ekka renews its commitment to providing first-class educational activities and facilities in the lead-up to and during the event. It’s an opportunity for children to discover where their food comes from.

The Ekka does this by encouraging school excursions, creating a ‘learning trail’ and hosting the rural discovery day.

Traditional competitions have already begun. But the entertainment program and other events are still being finalised.

This year’s Ekka will be bigger and better than ever.

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By Angela Sutherland
After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music. Angela is the editor of Kids on the Coast - a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

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