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By Sarah Ward
July 29, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
July 29, 2021
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UPDATE, August 2, 2021: Due to southeast Queensland's currrent lockdown, the Ekka has been cancelled for 2021. It will no longer take place from Saturday, August 7–Sunday, August 15.

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There's a reason that the Ekka comes with its own public holiday. Brisbanites are set free from work to rush to the Royal Queensland Show, fill themselves up with fried and sugary goodness, then brave the rides and gaze at the fireworks.

In 2021, after sitting out last year, the annual exhibition runs from Saturday, August 7–Sunday, August 15 — and, as always, that means nine days of sideshows, show bags and more.

Of course, there's much more going on than that, with everything from animal competitions to cooking demonstrations on the bill. Where else are you going to see a giant pumpkin, pat a pig, eat a strawberry sundae, listen to live music, crash dodgems, throw a ball in a clown's mouth for a prize, hit up multiple bars and take home all the Bertie Beetles you can eat?

Tickets cost $35 for adults, but if you're keen to head by at night, nab a $20 twilight pass — it gets you in from 6pm onwards. You'll also score ten percent off your ticket price if you attend on Tuesday, August 10, Thursday, August 12 or Sunday, August 15.

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