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Back in the earlier years of the show, Sideshow Alley was a place for people to witness actual sideshows, such as freaks of nature, people carrying out superhuman feats of strength and illusionists performing for delighted audiences.

It is run by The Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland.

The Ekka is Queensland's largest annual event, which welcomes an average of 400,000 visitors each August.

In 1920, the show was visited by the Prince of Wales (who later became King Edward VIII) who was asked and gave permission for the name of the association to change to the Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland.

During a time when the Ekka was still young, the main purpose of the agricultural show, as its name suggests, was to show off many agricultural and industrial exhibits.

Usually containing food items (such as confectionery and novelty items), showbags are sold in the Showbag Pavilion.

The contents of the showbags are tested to ensure they comply with safety standards.

The Animal Nursery, which has been running since 1964, features around 500 baby farmyard animals for visitors to meet and greet.

Since its opening, the show has only been cancelled twice, in 1919 throughout the time of the Spanish flu pandemic, where the grounds were employed as temporary hospital wards for the sick, and in 1942, due to World War II.

The Ekka is held in Queensland's capital city, Brisbane, for 10 days each August at the Brisbane Showgrounds in the suburb of Bowen Hills.

The Ekka is run by the Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland (RNA).

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