The Ekka: Big numbers back for 2022
The Ekka is a rite of passage for many Queenslanders, who attend as children and eventually take their grandchildren.
Since opening for the first time in 1876, more than 34 million people have gathered at the iconic and well-loved community event which brings together country and the city.
After two years of closures due to COVID-19 the Ekka opened its gates again in 2022, with more than 340,000 visitors enjoying all is has to offer, including:
- more than 180,000 dagwood dogs and 140,000 strawberry sundaes consumed
- almost 400 different showbags available – with Bertie Beetle the clear favourite
- more than 20,000 entries to the competitions involving everything from woodchopping to giant vegetables
- approximately 10,000 animals on show
- world-class live entertainment, award-winning food and wine
- some of the best of Queensland on display from 230 retailers and 425 exhibitor stands
As well as being a great day out, the Ekka generates more than $200 million in the economy and supports more than 3,500 short-term jobs, our growing Queensland regions and backs small business.