The Ekka – a celebration for our farmers and everything else country.
Held in August, it’s also a time of year where people come together and just have some fun. This is my 3rd visit in the last 3 years as I hadn’t gone since I was a young teen. The atmosphere is just amazing and it’s something I look forward too every year!
It’s the carnival life and one I’d happily be apart of for just one day of the year. Full of food from local produce to the deep fried Dagwood dog, oh and I can’t forget the amazing Strawberry Sundae which all proceeds go to the Prince Charles Hospital towards research. When entering the Ekka you get that feeling of fun and excitement. Every time I visit, I feel like a kid and can’t wait to enjoy myself.
There are plenty of rides for all ages to enjoy, a variety of shows through out the day that would interest everyone, a number of show bags kids would be nagging their parents to get for them, and endless amount of different types of cuisines for everyone to enjoy.
The Ekka provides an animal nursery giving people the chance to pat and feed the animals, fashion shows, cooking demonstrations, cat and dog shows, wood chopping, flying pigs and stalls where you can see photography, cakes, quilts and art.
We went and saw the cakes and some of them were out of this world amazing. The amount of detail that goes into each and every cake is incredible. In the same building, local fruit farmers design stands out of fruit and vegetable for people to look at and enjoy. A lot of hard work goes into the preparation of the Ekka and you can just see it in every detail.
And at the end of an action packed day a spectacular show is put on for everyone. This year there was a mix of agricultural, motorsports, dancing and fireworks! This was by far one of the best firework displays I have ever seen.
If you’re planning for an all day trip to the Ekka, there are lockers that are available to use so you don’t have to lug around all the showbags with you, wear comfortable shoes – you’ll be doing a lot walking back and forth to places, be prepared for some long queues, public transport is the best way to get into the Ekka and just remember to enjoy yourself! Being at the Ekka is all about having fun!
Check out my video below to see what it’s like!
Thank you to all of the people who put this together every year! It was amazing!