Brisbane EkkaEkka, which is Australian for "exhibition", in particular the Brisbane Exhibition, the annual agricultural show. I believe it's similar to the CNE ("The Ex") in Toronto, although I've never been to The Ex so I can't say for certain.
The Ekka is... odd. It's a big deal in town—and indeed wherever it is as the show travels around the country—as there will be a public holiday one of the days that the show is in town.the gallery), banana competitions, chicken competitions, and many others. wood-chopping competition. It featured a variety of events—pairs crosscut sawing, the 300mm underhand, the tree climb, and so on—with apparently $65,000 in prizes up for grabs.
And of course no fair or exhibition would be complete without terribly unhealthy deep fried dough and other tasty treats. I was disappointed that I couldn't find any funnel cakes, but we did have some warm jam-filled donuts. The Ekka returns every year, but perhaps I will skip it next year, unless of course I have trained for the wood-chopping competition. Think I can chop through a 300mm log in less than 19 chops?