This week in Brissy (Brisbane) is the Ekka week. Ekka is Aussie speak for Exhibition which is shorthand for Royal Queensland Show - Make perfect sense, right? At any rate, we get lots of holidays to celebrate and a whopping great farming competition is held bang smack in the middle of the city.
There are your standard "who has the best cow/pig/sheep/chicken" competition along with the who makes the best jam/cake/scones/lemon butter" competition. Then there is all the fine arts; sewing, embroidery, smocking, photography, paintings... As well as regional displays, cooking shows, farming displays, sheep dog trials, horse showing and jumping, Animals giving birth, milking demonstration, fleece judging, aquariums, egg competitions.... all culminating in a big fireworks frenzy each evening!
Awesome fun! - oh and there is also side show alley and a show bag pavilion. For those who know the Ekka, they will know that it is famous for its showbags and rides. Mainly the teenagers go for the rides but the showbags are unbelievable. They started as sample bags for farmers, as in "Hey mate, wanna try some of our new fertiliser? Here's a sample bag." After a while, the salesmen got smart and added a magazine and a tea bag for the missus to get her to persuade her hubby to go to that stall and has morphed over the last 50 years into something so unrecognisable from the original that most people don't even know how show bags filled with junk, toys, lolloies and chocolates ever came about!
You can get a$1 bag with a few lollies in it right up to $100 bags with rugby team shirts and branded coolers, clothing and other quality rubbish that you probably don't need but get caught up in the showbag frenzy and buy...??? ( I bought a $10 chicken catalogue - I guess you could say I didn't get caught up in the show bag frenzy)
I went with a friends teenager, who promptly ditched me at the gate - and spent a happy day wandering amongst the animals chatting to the owners (and complete strangers) and then in the "Fine Arts" building checking out all the breathtakingly decorated cakes, awesome handicrafts. Foe me, the Ekka wouldn't be complete without the paintings, drawings and photography! There are some amazingly talented people out there and I enjoyed their efforts!
So with that background - enjoy a few Ekka pictures! - K xx
Green-ness: 2/5 Not many ways of being green at the Ekka... BYO food and water and catching public transport helps.
Frugal-ness: 4/5 if you can say no to rides and showbags you can have a good time on a budget
Time cost: You'll need all day to see it all at a slow pace.
Skill level: If you cant say no - leave your cards at home.
Fun -ness: The best fun you can have with sore feet!