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Producers, exhibitors reeling as massive Brisbane show Ekka is cancelled with just days to go

Producers, exhibitors reeling as massive Brisbane show Ekka is cancelled with just days to go

Producers hoping to show off two years of work have been left devastated after organisers of Brisbane’s massive agricultural show cancelled the occasion with just days to go.

Key aspects:

  • The Brisbane agricultural extravaganza Ekka is cancelled for the second 300 and sixty five days working
  • Organisers had no desire as the Delta variant continues to fear health authorities in Queensland
  • Producers had been hoping to showcase two years of no longer easy work

Ekka, which was to be held this weekend on the Brisbane Showgrounds, has been cancelled for the second 300 and sixty five days in a row due to the increasing Delta outbreak in south-east Queensland.

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South-east Queensland’s lockdown has been prolonged unless 4: 00pm on Sunday as authorities are attempting to have the Delta outbreak with 13 contemporary in the community got cases today.

The RNA acknowledged it was working to arrange additional or substitute occasions in the upcoming months for the competitors and exhibitors slated to compete. 

The issue recorded 15 contemporary cases of COVID-19 in total, two of which have been overseas got and detected on a bulk service off the Queensland coast.

Hodgson Vale Dairy exhibitor Waylon Barron was all issue and ready to head down for the show on Thursday, exasperated to return after missing out last 300 and sixty five days.

“We’re easiest a few days out, the general no longer easy work was done, we now have fed the general cows up and they also are in have,” he acknowledged.

A man in work clothes with a bull

Waylon Barron is devastated that he can not assist this 300 and sixty five days’s occasion.(

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He acknowledged it was a disappointing consequence in any case his no longer easy work, but the health risk was too gargantuan.

“It be just a little of a two means avenue, you would be disappointed thanks to the general effort you would keep in but nothing would be worse than getting into there and never having the means to plan house.

He is regarded as one of the many producers on the Darling Downs who will lose profits and networking opportunities.

“Wisely there’d be just a little of monetary loss issue off you wont have the means to promote calves or bulls out of it,” he acknowledged.

“I speak it be enterprise as fashioned.

“We’re farmers so if we’re no longer showing we now have quiet got work to attain.”

Ekka is dawdle by the Royal Nationwide Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland (RNA).

It is Brisbane’s most standard occasion of any form, with spherical 400,000 visitors attending the show in latest years.

What is going to it mean?

The organising committee is meeting to work out precisely what some cancellations mean as some components of the show have been already deliberate to be done remotely, or exterior Brisbane.

In the latest change, the RNA announced the cancellation of the Stud Beef Competition this morning.

Some cattle had already arrived on the Showgrounds on Friday, for judging to launch tomorrow.

“The RNA will continuously act in the easiest pursuits of the general public health and it has made this decision to cancel the Stud Beef Show to give protection to our exhibitors and the broader neighborhood,” RNA CEO Brendan Christou acknowledged.

The Led Steer Carcass and High cattle which have been scheduled to be held offsite in the Scenic Rim have been quiet deliberate to go ahead. It is unknown at this stage whether or not they’re going to or no longer.

Chief Beef Steward Gary Noller told Queensland ABC’s Queensland Nation Hour it seemed worship High Cattle and Steer carcass competitions could perchance continue out of Nolan’s meatworks in Gympie and Silverdale saleyards respectively.

“At this stage we can intend to dawdle this competition (top cattle) on Wednesday with the cattle coming tomorrow,” he acknowledged.

“To be waiting longer could perchance just keep them out of speck which prices them money but by working competitions we quiet will have the means to speak a consequence and any accolade will assist them with sales.”

Mr Noller acknowledged the issue was altering and the committee would need to overview this afternoon what can happen beneath health directions, sooner than contacting exhibitors.

A glimmer of hope

There is hope that distinct occasions, such as showgirl competitions, can be postponed somewhat than entirely cancelled.

Darling Downs Showgirl Paige Caldwell had been ready to compete in the issue titles in Brisbane on Tuesday, but her occasion was essentially the significant to be postponed.

Some of the girls had already travelled down from rural communities and are now stuck in lockdown.

A young woman in a sash sitting in a street

Showgirl Paige Caldwell is hoping for a postponement somewhat than a full cancellation.(

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“It be fairly heartbreaking. I could perchance spent a range of cash and time in preparation getting to the Ekka,” Ms Caldwell acknowledged.

She was hopeful assorted occasions could perchance just be postponed to a later date alongside hers.

“We have been told that if assorted occasions are postponed, they’re going to are attempting to preserve all of them together if the Ekka would no longer go ahead.”

‘Extraordinarily disappointing’

Mr Christou acknowledged the RNA was shattered by the cancellation but absolutely supported the decision.

“Obviously it be devastating that the EKKA can not dawdle this 300 and sixty five days, but the latest outbreak from COVID-19 means we can not lift the town and nation together another time safely,” he acknowledged.

The RNA will endeavour to explore if there are aspects of the EKKA that could perchance be carried out in the next couple of weeks.

“Hundreds of exhibitors who have spent months making ready their entries for the competition will be extraordinarily disappointed they might be able to not showcase their efforts on the 2021 show,” Mr Christou acknowledged.

Roughly 60,000 tickets to this 300 and sixty five days’s occasion have been supplied and the cancellations could perchance cripple companies in the aid of the show’s amusements.

“Our hearts go out to the a full lot of companies whose livelihoods rely on an occasion worship the EKKA,” Mr Christou acknowledged.

Refunds for saddened punters

Ticketholders worship Brisbane resident Narelle Jensen, who was exasperated to head to the show and seek the sheepdog trials with her husband and daughter, will receive refunds.

“It was indubitably a highlight for us and on the general we would go just for that, but … no longer this 300 and sixty five days or last 300 and sixty five days, but confidently sometime, so this family tradition would resume,” she acknowledged.

Mr Christou acknowledged organisers would originate planning next 300 and sixty five days’s occasion.

“We thank the Queensland public for their fantastic strengthen of the issue’s easiest and most cherished occasion,” he acknowledged.

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Producers, exhibitors reeling as massive Brisbane show Ekka is cancelled with just days to go