Scenic Rim Regional Council announces 2020 Ekka day off

EKKA: Next year's Ekka public holiday is sorted, says council.
EKKA: Next year's Ekka public holiday is sorted, says council.

Scenic Rim Regional Council has announced residents who are looking forward to next month's Ekka day off can mark their calendars for next year's Royal Queensland Show public holiday.

At its Ordinary Meeting this week, council nominated Monday, August 10, 2020 for the Scenic Rim's public holiday for next year's Royal Queensland Show, better known as the Ekka.

Mayor Greg Christensen said the Ekka had special significance for the Scenic Rim region, where agriculture underpinned the region's identity and local economy.

"The Ekka is renowned for bringing rural Queensland to Brisbane city and for many of our farmers, graziers and equestrians who are involved with the show, as well as families and school children, it is a highlight of the year," he said.

"It also provides a showcase for the Scenic Rim's tourism and agriculture industries which contribute more than $630 million collectively to our regional economy, and the annual show holiday allows families to enjoy the show together and to connect with members of our rural community who grow our produce."

The mayor said this year's Royal Queensland Show would run from August 9 to 18 , with Scenic Rim's public holiday to be taken on Monday, August 12.

He said once again, Scenic Rim Regional Council would be showcasing the region's tourism industry and produce at its Ekka stand, featuring Visit Scenic Rim and Eat Local Scenic Rim.

"I hope everyone who visits the Ekka drops by our colourful display in the Agriculture Hall to say g'day to our staff and to pick up some of our great giveaways," Cr Christensen said.

"In addition to the perennially popular carrot shopping bags, we will be giving away eco-friendly cow and tomato-shaped bags, although you will have to be quick as stocks are limited."