Brisbane Ekka 2016

August 17, 2016
laughing clowns, ekka

On Saturday 13 August 2016 I went to the Ekka for the first time in 14 years!  I worked out that the last time I went to the Ekka was when I worked there (not for the Ekka).  I can’t reveal who I was working for but it meant many hours on my feet and I followed it up with meeting up with the hubby and kids after my shift for a proper look around and Ekka experience.  Though I’m sure we all had a great time, with three kids this can be a very expensive exercise (entry fee + rides + sample bags + food & drinks etc = lots of $$’s) and is most likely part of the reason I hadn’t been back for quite some time!

As a kid I absolutely loved the Ekka.  Dad would take us kids to the Ekka every year on the train.  Even the train trip was exciting! We went on lots of rides, got sample bags, one of those dolls on a stick and yoyo’s and/or superballs and ate fairy floss and dagwood dogs.  When I got older I’d go with friends and I did much of the same stuff plus would hang around for the fireworks and watch events in the main arena. 

On Saturday I didn’t go on any rides.  I didn’t eat any fairy floss.  I didn’t get any doll on a stick.  No yoyo’s or superballs either!   I did watch some events in the main arena.  I did eat a dagwood dog and I did eat a strawberry sundae and I did see lots of beautiful animals and a fashion parade and a guy playing an electric violin and other live music and I saw loads and loads of beautiful quilts and I sat for ages in a massage chair with no kids nagging me, no kids to chase after, no fighting kids … um – yay!!! 

Here is a visual wrap up of my day.  All phone pics.  There’s a little more to be seen on my Instagram for anyone interested.

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For the Quilt Lovers

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Brandon Woods – Electric Violinist

These Instagram ’embeds’ never centre when you tell them to – drives my perfectionist side nuts!

 

Brandon Woods – Electric Violinist #ekka #ekka2016 #electricviolinist

A video posted by Min (@writeofthemiddle) on

 

It’s not the Ekka without a bit of sideshow alley!

 

It’s not the Ekka without sideshow alley (not that I went on any rides). ? #sideshowalley #ekka #ekka2016

A video posted by Min (@writeofthemiddle) on

 

Ciao for now,

Min-Signature

Linking up with My Little Drummer Boys and Stephs Joy for #WordlessWednesday

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10 Comments

  • Reply stephanie@stephsjoy August 18, 2016 at 6:06 am

    How fun Min! I love the name Ekka, though have never been. And those quilts – stunning aren’t they! Thanks for showing us around.

    • Reply Min August 19, 2016 at 10:12 pm

      Those quilts are gorgeous – I agree! They are only a small example of the many, many beautiful quilts there! Glad you enjoyed my little Ekka day! 🙂

  • Reply alicia August 18, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Amazing work in those quilts! I wouldn’t know where to start!
    Such fun, I am looking forward to our quiet country show in a few months 🙂

    • Reply Min August 19, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      I know – those quilts are incredible! My Mum is a quilter and makes beautiful quilts – some of which I am lucky enough to have here in this house. I, though would never have the patience for it! lol Enjoy your country show in a few months! 🙂

  • Reply Denyse August 19, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    I can see now it is very much like the Royal Easter Show in Sydney and it formed part of my childhood memories too. It’s like a rite of passage. You go with your parents, you go with your friends, you take your kids, and then you go again by yourself or with another adult. Life’s cycle at the Ekka! Its name is from the work exhibition is it not? I’d never heard of it until my parents holidayed in Qld each August in retirement and talked of the Ekka!

    • Reply Min August 19, 2016 at 10:16 pm

      Yes it would be much the same as Sydney’s Royal Easter Show Denyse and yes the name Ekka comes from the word Exhibition. You know us Aussies – we have to shorten everything! lol 🙂

  • Reply Vanessa August 21, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    I thought it had been many years since I had last been, but my facebook memories proved me wrong and apparently it has only been two years haha. I think I had scored some free tickets that year.

    • Reply Min August 21, 2016 at 4:58 pm

      2 years isn’t long! I think the time I went 14 years ago I either got free entry tickets or heavily discounted ones because I was working there. I was telling my family (siblings) today how shocked I was that the chairlift was no longer at the Ekka. They told me hadn’t been there for years and years! I didn’t know! 😉

  • Reply Trish August 25, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    I love the Quilts too – I spent ages looking at them at our local show.
    I must go to EKKA one year.
    Thank you for linking up.

    • Reply Min August 29, 2016 at 11:12 pm

      My Mum’s a quilter – the reason I took so many photo’s (for her). I also enjoy looking at them! 🙂

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