The #Ekka 2015

I love The Ekka (aka the exhibition or the Royal Queensland Show). Every year I try to go. This year I’d booked tickets and had been chatting about it with my daughters for months. There was a new nights show we all wanted to see.

I flew up on Friday evening on Qantas Flight (QF) 1554 and when I arrived Dad was watching the Brisbane Broncos defeat the team from Illawarra.

After a restless sleep the girls and I went to Westfield Chermside to get some groceries for Mum and grab a bite to eat for breakfast.

I went with a nice slice of coconut loaf and a tall white chocolate mocha.

Coconut loaf from Starbucks Westfield Chermside
Coconut loaf from Starbucks Westfield Chermside

After taking Miss14 and Miss18 to gymnastics training Miss20 and I did a few things to help with her university study.

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We picked up Miss14 and Miss18 at 2 pm and proceeded to Wooloowin Train Station to catch a train to Fortitude Valley Station and then the Loop ride.

 

Wooloowin Train Station
Wooloowin Train Station
Wooloowin Train Station
Wooloowin Train Station
Wooloowin Train Station
Wooloowin Train Station
Wooloowin Train Station
Wooloowin Train Station
The new communications equipment at Fortitude Valley Train Station
The new communications equipment at Fortitude Valley Train Station

When we arrived we went straight to the racing pigs to check out how these little porkers run around a ring and dive into a pool of water.

Pig racing at The Ekka. Diving pigs too.
Pig racing at The Ekka. Diving pigs too.
Pig racing at The Ekka. Diving pigs too.
Pig racing. Diving pigs too.

We then went to the food pavilion and checked out the free tasting treats. We had caramelised onion dip, doughnuts, bread, meatballs and other samples. We then went through and bought some dumplings and samosas. They were delicious.

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Next on the list of things to do was the cake decoration display.

Cake decorating at The Ekka
Cake decorating
Cake decorating at The Ekka
Cake decorating
Cake decorating at The Ekka
Cake decorating

We’d agreed that at around 4.45 pm we’d wander over to the main arena to settle in for the evening’s entertainment. But before that we had one very important thing to do.

The best ice cream in the whole world is the strawberry sundae made by volunteers for The Prince Charles Hospital. If you’ve never had one you need to go to The Ekka and try one. They are so good when I worked at The Royal Brisbane Hospital in 1995 we used to go over everyday and get someone on the inside to buy a tray for us and bring them back to the laboratory.

Gary Lum eating a strawberry sundae at The Ekka.
Gary Lum eating a strawberry sundae at The Ekka.
Strawberry sundae at The Ekka
Strawberry sundae at The Ekka

After inhaling the ice cream we went to the main arena and sat on Machinery Hill.

We watched the horse whisperers and then the wood chop and then the rest of the light entertainment waiting for the monster trucks, motorcycles and drift cars.

I apologise these photographs are pretty crap. They’re mostly unprocessed and RAW out of the camera. I used a long lens with an aperture that was too small. The shutter speed was too long for sharp shots. I hope the ‘vibe’ of the photographs are okay.

Wood chop competition at The Ekka
Wood chop competition at The Ekka

After the wood chop Miss20 went and bought some popcorn which we devoured.

Saturday night fun at The Ekka. Monster trucks, motorcycles, and burn outs.
Saturday night fun at The Ekka. Monster trucks, motorcycles, and burn outs.
Saturday night fun at The Ekka. Monster trucks, motorcycles, and burn outs.
Saturday night fun at The Ekka. Monster trucks, motorcycles, and burn outs.
Saturday night fun at The Ekka. Monster trucks, motorcycles, and burn outs.
Saturday night fun at The Ekka. Monster trucks, motorcycles, and burn outs.
Saturday night fun at The Ekka. Monster trucks, motorcycles, and burn outs.
Saturday night fun at The Ekka. Monster trucks, motorcycles, and burn outs.
Saturday night fun at The Ekka. Monster trucks, motorcycles, and burn outs.
Saturday night fun at The Ekka. Monster trucks, motorcycles, and burn outs.
Saturday night fun at The Ekka. Monster trucks, motorcycles, and burn outs.
Saturday night fun at The Ekka. Monster trucks, motorcycles, and burn outs.
Saturday night fun at The Ekka. Monster trucks, motorcycles, and burn outs.
Saturday night fun at The Ekka. Monster trucks, motorcycles, and burn outs.
Saturday night fun at The Ekka. Monster trucks, motorcycles, and burn outs.
Saturday night fun at The Ekka. Monster trucks, motorcycles, and burn outs.
Saturday night fun at The Ekka. Monster trucks, motorcycles, and burn outs.
Saturday night fun at The Ekka. Monster trucks, motorcycles, and burn outs.
Saturday night fun at The Ekka. Monster trucks, motorcycles, and burn outs.
Saturday night fun at The Ekka. Monster trucks, motorcycles, and burn outs.
Saturday night fun at The Ekka. Monster trucks, motorcycles, and burn outs.
Saturday night fun at The Ekka. Monster trucks, motorcycles, and burn outs.

The entertainment ended with fireworks. I love fireworks. I’m so grateful I have eyes and ears to see and hear them. They are so beautiful. The Ekka fireworks are awesome.

I apologise these photographs are pretty crap. They’re unprocessed and RAW out of the camera.

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Fireworks at The Ekka
Fireworks at The Ekka
Fireworks at The Ekka
Fireworks at The Ekka
Fireworks at The Ekka
Fireworks at The Ekka
Fireworks at The Ekka
Fireworks at The Ekka

After the fireworks we walked through sideshow alley and settled down to share a foot (12 inches) long Dagwood super dog.

Gary Lum eating a Dagwood dog at The Ekka
Gary Lum eating a Dagwood dog at The Ekka
Foot long Dagwood dog at The Ekka
Foot long Dagwood dog at The Ekka

We left on the train, got off at Central Train Station and proceeded to have a late night Maccas run. I had a cheeseburger, small chips and vanilla thick shake.

Post Ekka late night snack at Central Train Station. McDonalds cheeseburger, small fries and a vanilla thick shake.
Post Ekka late night snack at Central Train Station. McDonalds cheeseburger, small fries and a vanilla thick shake.

After a much better sleep Mum and Dad made us all waffles with eggs, bacon and sausage.

Sunday breakfast in Brisbane. Bacon, sausage and egg with waffle and strawberries and tomato.
Sunday breakfast in Brisbane. Bacon, sausage and egg with waffle and strawberries and tomato.

Have you ever been to The Ekka? How did you spend your weekend?

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