Ekka celebrates its 140th anniversary

SHEEP SHEARING: Sheep shearing is always a popular event at the Ekka.
SHEEP SHEARING: Sheep shearing is always a popular event at the Ekka. Laura Telford

THE Royal Queensland Show (presented by RACQ), the only major Queensland event to lay claim to 140 years of operation, is celebrating this milestone by introducing for the first time half-price entry and not one, but two, spectacular fireworks shows each evening.

To thank Queensland for supporting the Ekka, the RNA has announced a half-price twilight ticket, plus a special early children's fireworks presented by MG Motor at 6pm in addition to the famous night show fireworks finale at 7.40pm.

The annual event has a remarkable history, being staged every year except for just two - in 1919 due to the Spanish influenza epidemic and in 1942 during the Second World War.

RNA chief executive Brendan Christou said the 140th anniversary was an opportunity to thank Queenslanders for their support of the show.

"The Ekka is the people's show, and this year we are celebrating its 140th anniversary by giving back to the people who have made the show what it is today,” he said.

Mr Christou said the half-price twilight ticket, in addition to the return of the historic discounts introduced last year - the two-day pass and the hugely popular two-for-one Super Ride Tuesday and Super Food Sunday - would deliver the most discounts ever offered at Ekka.

Mr Christou said over the past 140 years more than 30 million people had attended the show, making family traditions and childhood memories to pass down through generations.

Mr Christou said about 400,000 people were expected through the gates for the 140th Ekka.

This year's show will feature brand new world-class entertainment including a jam-packed night show, not one but two never before seen fireworks shows, 10,000 animals, 21,000 competition entries and award winning food and wine.

Topics:  ekka royal queensland show

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