Ekka!

Every year in August a giant agricultural exhibition is held in Brisbane called Ekka. This is Brisbane’s largest cultural event with over 400,000 people attending over the 10 day period. I was really excited to attend the event as it would be my first taste of an “Australian tradition”.

The most crazy thing about the Ekka is that everyone gets a day off of work to go there, they actually have a public holiday so people can go instead of going to work!

Naturally I was excited to see that there was a variety of rides there, including 2 coasters!!! Woo!
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The rides were pretty expensive however so I didn’t get to ride too many.
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It was raining for most of the day but cleared up for a short period. Yay for the sun!!
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One of the traditions at Ekka are show bags. They are kind of like lucky bags except you know what exactly is in them. They literally have thousands of them, from toys to chocolates and everything in-between. The one below is a minion showbag
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This was the tent where you can purchase your show bags
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Next we saw some displays that had been made using fruits and vegetables. Gigantic pumpkin!!
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The fake cows were pretty terrifying
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Picture made from different coloured fruits including apples and oranges
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Animal time!!! This little fella tried to eat my iPhone and looks like he’s possessed if you ask me
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You can pet some of the animals BIRU-WP-8.jpeg

…Or have them sit on you, whatever you’re into
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TRANSFORMERS!!!!!!!!!!
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Although it doesn’t really show in the photo these are themed fish tanks, pretty awesomely themed too. This one is a swamp complete with a spooky house
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Pyramid fish tank, the fish are there somewhere…
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Yay what could be better than cats!? Cats with no fur?
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This one was adorable, I played with him for about 30 minutes
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Creepy looking turkey
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Turkey for dinner anyone?BIRU-WP-31.jpeg

This duck had his head stuck. Hahahaha
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This guy was pissed and wouldn’t shut up
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More petting
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Some little baby chicks
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Eggie horse
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Chooooooo Chooooooo
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The worst food in the world, they stink and still haunt my memories of Disney World, Florida
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Apparently another tradition is the dagwood dog (Corn dog) it’s basically a gross sausage deep-fried in batter to make it even more unhealthy. Naturally I had to try one… when in Rome and all that
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Yeah it looks gross but tastes disgustingly good, did I mention it was huge!?BIRU-WP-17.jpeg

This is the biggest and best tradition of Ekka. The strawberry ice-cream, they were amazing. Vanilla ice-cream topped with strawberry ice-cream that’s topped with cream that’s topped with a strawberry and jammed in a cone! So good I had to have 2.
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To finish the day was a great firework and laser display
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Everybody loves fireworks!
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Ekka was awesome and I had a great day, such a bizarre but pretty cool exhibition. Hopefully i’ll be able to attend the one next year too 😀

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