Ekka Media Kit 2023


POULTRY, PIGEONS, BIRDS AND EGGS Large Animal Pavilion (ground floor)

A variety of exquisite birds from parrots and racing pigeons to turkey and geese will be on display in the Poultry, Pigeons, Birds and Eggs Competition. Judging will take place on 11 August at 8.30am, with the awards presentation held on Saturday 12 August at 10.30am in the Large Animal Pavilion. There are two new egg-citing school classes in the egg section this year – Primary (Prep to Grade 6) and Senior (Grades 7-12). Three eggs will be submitted for judging, with the new classes a great way

The Sheep Dog Trials will see the close working relationship between the entrants and their trusted best friends put to the test. The competition was first held at the Ekka in 1899, with the dogs judged on cast, approach, bridging, obstacle and general work. Eight dogs will compete on the Main Arena on Sunday 13 August from 11.30am, with the finals taking place from 2.30pm. Ian Ferguson (Ring Master and Councillor in Charge) T 0410 319 449 W WOODCHOP AND SAWING Woodchop Arena presented by AAM The iconic Woodchop and Sawing Competition has been held at the Ekka for more than a century. The popular competition, which takes place across eight days of Show (12-19 August), this year has a prize pool worth more than $145,000, up 45 per cent on 2022. This year the competition will also host four new Australian Title events – the 325mm Australian Women’s Single Sawing Championship (Wednesday 16 August at 2.15pm), 375mm Australian Jack & Jill Double Handed Sawing Championship (Saturday 12 August at 3.20pm), 275mm Australian Women’s Underhand Championship (Sunday 13 August at 3pm) and the 450mm Australian Double Handed Sawing Championship (Wednesday 16 August at 4.15pm). The Open Men's Trans-Tasman International Australia vs New Zealand Team Relay returns this year and will be held on the Monday (2pm), Wednesday (5pm) and Friday (2pm) of Show. Another highlight is the Under 13s Invitational 250mm Underhand competition on Saturday 12 (1.10pm) and Sunday 13 August (1.30pm), with the next generation of woodchoppers in action. Axemen and women of all ages compete at the Ekka – some are even fourth generation. John Cotter (RNA Councillor in Charge) T 0418 466 891 Y YOUNG JUDGES Several locations around grounds The Young Judges Competition gives aspiring show judges the chance to showcase their talents in both live and virtual judging. The are 17 judging sections including beef cattle, alpacas, cake decorating and photography. The Young Judges Competition is open to people aged 25 years and under, with a Junior Class for under 15 year-olds and a Senior Class for 15 to 25 year-olds. The virtual competition, featuring stud sheep and poultry videos, takes place over June and July, while the live judging will happen at the Ekka across several days. Live judging highlights include: n Stud beef – Thursday 10 August at 8am on the Main Arena n Cake decorating – Tuesday 15 August at 9am in the Channel 7 Pavilion n Dairy cattle – Wednesday 16 August at 1pm in the Large Animal Pavilion (Level 1) n Dairy goats – Friday 18 August at 10am in the Large Animal Pavilion (Level 1) Gary Noller (RNA Councillor in Charge) T 0408 700 949

to teach students about Australia's egg industry. Don Chandler (RNA Councillor in Charge) T 0407 110 320 PRODUCE Ag Education Hall n Youth in Agriculture

Produce of all shapes and sizes will be on display in the Ag Education Hall over the nine days of Show. In the Youth in Agriculture Competition, schools will create large produce displays featuring everything from fruit and vegetables to grasses and grains. The schools will construct their displays from Friday 4 August, with the awards presentation to be held on Sunday 13 August at 9am. The prized produce will be sold to Ekka visitors at dirt cheap prices on the last day of Show (Sunday 20 August) from 3pm. Jamie Grant (RNA Councillor in Charge) T 0409 207 105 Q QUILTS ACROSS QUEENSLAND PRESENTED BY PILLOW TALK Channel 7 Pavilion The Quilts Across Queensland Competition has been running for more than two decades, with the stunning quilts on display in the Channel 7 Pavilion over the nine days of Show. Judging takes place on Sunday 30 July from 9am. There are two new competition classes this year - Abstract Art Quilt which is a free form expression of the maker’s own creative design and Pictorial Art Quilt representing or depicting a person, place or object. The award winners will include the titles of Best of Show, Best Use of Colour, Hangers’ Choice Award and Viewer’s Choice Award. Liz Allen (RNA Councillor in Charge) T 0427 733 515 R RAISING HY-LINE HENS Large Animal Pavilion (ground floor) Students will raise their very own laying hens in this cracking competition. This year, 17 schools from Queensland and New South Wales are taking part. The schools are judged on their three best birds, the eggs collected and a project outlining how they reared the hens. Judging will take place in the Large Animal Pavilion on Saturday 19 August at 10am. Don Chandler (RNA Councillor in Charge) T 0407 110 320

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