Poo poo the Ekka as much as you want. There is something charming about strawberry icecreams, baby animals, dog shows and fairy floss. Whilst things may have gotten a little more fancy at the RNA in the last few years, with fashionable fresh food pavilions popping up left right and centre, it is the golden oldies that still make the Ekka great.
There is nothing quite like battling your way through screaming kids to secure your Bertie Beatle bag or having to deal with a questionable carnie in side show alley. So get ready to bask in the glory of a corn dog, pat a cow or maybe mingle at the Cattleman’s Bar because The Urban List is rounding up the Ekka and it is a decidedly un fancy affair- exactly how the old show should should be.
1. Revel in baby animal love...
If you aren’t interested in nursing a baby goat, lamb or duck I am not sure what is wrong with you. Yes this exhibit is aimed at children, but there is nothing wrong with a fully grown adult taking advantage of it. Head in just before closing at 6pm… sure, the baby animals will pooped after a day of entertaining squeeling youngsters but you will have them all to your self. Prime cuddling time.
Where: RACQ Insurance Animal Nursery
Time: 9am – 7pm
2. Battle your way through the Show Bag Pavillion...
Look it is an Ekka tradition to buy up big on bags of crap that you really do not need to eat but over the course of the next few weeks surely will. Our advice? Stick to the classics and don’t linger too long, you will get sucked in to buying some ridiculous hat or “hilarious” giant sunglasses. We’ve all done it.
Where: Triple M Show Bag Pavilion
Time: 9am - 9pm
3. Grab a few tips from executive chefs...
The only remotely “fancy” thing I will allow in this round up is a little trip to The Sunday Mail Royal QLD Food & Wine Stage. Presenting cooking demonstrations from the some of the city’s best executive chefs. Look out for Moda’s Javier Codina and Crosstown Eating House’s head chef and owner Matthew Howland when they take centre stage.
Where: The Sunday Mail Royal QLD Food & Wine Stage
Time: 9am - 7pm
4. Take a trip to the dog paviion...
The best part about a visit to the dog pavilion isn’t watching them run those nonsensical laps around the ring, but meandering up and down the isles of pooches backstage. If you are a dog lover don’t miss a chance to while away an hour or two checking out these prized pups.
Where: Dog Pavilion
Time: 9am - 4pm
5. Recharge with a "drinkable" coffee...
Grinders coffee: If you are absolutely not coping with masses and are in need of little (well made) caffeine hit, head to the one of the two Grinder’s coffee cafes.
Where: Grinder’s Chill Out Zone
Times: 10am – 5pm
6. Take a seat in the arena...
Grab an Ekka strawberry Sunday and settle into the RNA arena for evening of high thrills. The thrills being ridiculous hormanship, crazy dudes on motorcyles and yes fireworks. We know it’s a little low brow but you need to get in the spirit.
Where: RNA Arena
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm
Where: RNA Showgrounds
When: 9 - 18 August 2012
Tickets: Available at entry or online