Visitors to this year’s Royal Queensland Show, the Ekka presented by RACQ, will experience a new animal pavilion, new indoor arena for the iconic wood chop competition and ticket price reductions for the first time in 15 years, running at the Brisbane Showgrounds from Friday 10 to Sunday 19 August.

Almost 31 million people have visited the Ekka since the opening in 1876, this year 400,000 people are expected to enjoy one of the state’s largest annual events. RNA Chief Executive Brendan Christou promises the show will include side show alley, animals, fireworks displays and food options aplenty. “The heart and soul of the Ekka lies in agriculture and our competition traditions – it’s what makes coming to the show such a unique experience,” said Brendan. “There’s nothing else like the Ekka, you cannot see 10,000 animals or witness competitions which date back to our first show in 1876 anywhere else. That’s why we have invested in building a new home for large and small breeds during the show – The CRT Pavilion, plus giving woodchop a brand new all-weather indoor arena experience.” Brendan said the pavilion was part of stage three of the RNA’s Brisbane Showgrounds Regeneration Project.

The new Woodchop Arena is located at the Bowen Bridge Road end of Sideshow Alley has been expanded by 50 per cent. The redevelopment has been a major investment to ensure that the traditions of the show continue to stay strong. As the countdown to the Ekka began at the show’s official launch in Brisbane this morning, RNA Chief Executive Brendan Christou said the show wanted to deliver value with affordable ticket prices and an experience suited to the entire family.

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