The Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) continues to bring the country and the city together for a true celebration of agriculture. More than 400,000 people are expected to pass through the gates to enjoy animal competitions, fashion parades, and vegetable and nursery exhibits. QFF’s industry members nursery, flowers, horticulture, cane, dairy and cotton are all on show this year, be sure to check out their exhibits!
QFF industry member Nursery & Garden Industry Queensland (NGIQ) is presenting the Potted Plants competition, which covers all different kinds of plants from ferns and palms to bonsai, cacti and orchards. Green thumbs can find out more about the competition HERE.
A diversity of flowering plants will also be on display in the flower and garden precinct at The Old Museum. The festivities will include a Flower Beard decorating competition with gardening guru Costa and participation in the Grand Parade. The kids can have fun making their own flower crowns, and students and professional florists alike can show off their skills in floristry competitions. Beautiful local flowers will be presented in the Meet A Farmer display, and the Vice-President of QFF industry member Flowers Australia, Sonia Bitmead, will appear on a Meet A Farmer panel on Monday at 12.30pm. For more information on the floristry competition categories, click HERE.
Visit the Agricultural Hall to see the large produce displays in the District Exhibits and Youth in Agriculture competitions feature the fruit, vegetables, grasses, grains and sugarcane represented by QFF industry members Growcom and CANEGROWERS. Be sure to also check out the Giant Vegetable competition including melons, sweet potatoes and even the longest corn cob. Details HERE. The Agricultural Hall will be open between 9.00am and 6.00pm daily. For more information, click HERE.
The Natural Fibres Fashion Parades will champion Queensland fashion and showcase the natural materials of cotton, wool, silk and leather with an ‘Enchanted Winter’ theme. QFF industry member Cotton Australia is represented by a line-up of 26 women’s and menswear designers. Check out one of the 40 shows running over the 10 days of Ekka, details HERE.
QFF industry member Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Australia (QDO) will be launching the Go Local campaign with the Office of Small Business at this year’s Ekka. In the face of these trying times, the campaign looks to celebrate how great Queensland dairy is. To get the public interacting with the dairy exhibitors, we are launching with competition for a People’s Vote to the cutest cow at the Show. Find out where to meet a dairy cow HERE.
Embrace the Ekka spirit and join us in celebrating and championing the essential role agriculture plays in the lives of Queenslanders.