The Royal Queensland Show, commonly known as the Ekka, is the annual agricultural show of Queensland, Australia and runs for 10 days in August each year. The show is held at the Brisbane Exhibition Ground and was originally called the Brisbane Exhibition. Ekka is the result of the word ‘exhibition’ being shortened and Australianised over many years.
The Ekka is Queensland’s largest annual event with recent shows drawing more than 400,000 visitors. The Ekka aims to showcase Queensland culture, produce, resources. It is primarily an exhibition of specialties like equine, horticulture, beef, poetry, goats, wine, food, art and photography, fish and birds, woodchopping, and sheep dog trials. It is also has a huge sideshow area that attracts people of all ages. There is also entertainment each night of the show and includes features like jazz and country music, monster trucks and firework displays.
The public holiday for Brisbane City is on the Wednesday of the show and is either the second or third Wednesday in August depending on whether there are four or five Wednesdays in the month. The holiday is known as People’s Day. Regional areas around Brisbane have their public holiday on the Monday of the show.