Quirky's Quirks: Ekka
This week Graham's Quirky's Quirks is all about our favourite Royal Show - The Ekka!
• The exhibition or Ekka as it is fondly known, is Queensland’s largest agriculture show and has been a much loved event for over 130 years.
• In August 1875 the National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland was established with the aim to promote agricultural development in Queensland and bring the country and city together.
• And the following August, this vision became a reality. The first ‘Intercolonial Exhibition’ was held from the 22nd to 26th August 1986.
• More than 16,000 people made their way by horse, foot or carriage to experience the very first Ekka, at what is now known as the Brisbane Showgrounds.
• This was quite a significant attendance number as Brisbane’s population at the time was only just over 20,000 people!
• The first exhibition included more than 1,000 exhibits, cattle displays and even a competition for the fastest walking farm horse!
• The first show bag was in fact a bag of coal, a far cry from the show bags that we see at today’s Ekka.
• Over the next few years the Ekka grew with the introduction of night time entertainment, side show alley and the famous Dagwood dog and Strawberry Sundae.
• Today’s Ekka attracts more than 400,000 visitors from interstate, the country and locals and is one of Queensland’s largest annual events.
• Since opening, the Ekka has only been cancelled twice. Once in 1919, due to the Spanish flu pandemic and in 1942 due to World War II.
• If you are heading along to this year’s Ekka make sure you stop by Brisbane City Council’s stand in the Woolworths Pavilion.
• Visitors to the stand will be able to learn more about Council, enjoy the visually spectacular display of the city and for the first time this year you can take on the BrizQuiz and test your knowledge about our city.