On Tuesday, 22 August 1876, bugles sounded, bands played, steam engines whistled and an artillery salute thundered across the showgrounds. The first Brisbane Exhibition had begun!
Acclaimed as the most important event in the colony, the inaugural show began a tradition that continues today. In the twenty-first century, the Ekka, as it is affectionately known, retains its status as a Queensland icon, our most loved event and an essential part of our history. Celebrate Queensland's favourite show and relive your own Ekka memories of: the grand parade, sideshow alley, the woodchop, pavilions filled with poultry, produce and paintings, the fascinating characters working at the show, dagwood dogs and strawberry ice-cream sundaes.
Beautifully illustrated, Showtime explores the Exhibition's rich past, discusses its enduring place in our culture and imagines its future.