Shaun Giddy, Chrissy Matthews and Harry Hunt from Lowood at the Ekka.
Shaun Giddy, Chrissy Matthews and Harry Hunt from Lowood at the Ekka. Claudia Baxter

Ipswich puts on a fine Ekka 2012

FUN, animals and delicious food made the Ekka a triple treat for attendees this year.

The Queensland Times braved the crowd to meet Ipswich exhibitors and thrill-seekers.

Chrissy Matthews, from Lowood, said her afternoon at the show had been busy but fun.

Her friend Shaun Giddy was recovering after taking on the challenge of eating the world's hottest chilli.

"We were walking around the pavilion and I thought 'Oh yeah, chilli, I'll try that,' but it was tough," Shaun said.

"I really could've used some milk, but I'm walking it off now."

Kathryn Winton, from Rosewood, showed three of her much-loved Belgian Shepherds at the show, and was very happy with the result.

"We took three varieties of Shepherd to this year's show, and they all won best male of breed," Ms Winton said.

"They're noticeably different; Merlin has a long, mahogany and black coat, Trillion has long black hair and Jordan has a short mahogany coat. The idea is if you shave all their hair off they look identical underneath."

"Jordan also won best of breed, so he'll be coming back on Saturday to try for best of group."

Seven-year-old Claire Newman, from West Ipswich, proudly showed off her decorated aquarium in the Animal Boulevard.

Claire's aquarium placed third in the Aquatic Plants Design and Technique class, which challenged people to come up with the best fish tank using set materials.

"I basically moved the pieces around until it looked cool," Claire explained.

"The castle was my favourite, and we got five guppies to put in."

Claire was following in the footsteps of her father John, who received two second prizes for his community tank and an aquatic plant aquarium.

RNA chief executive Brendan Christou said the first five days of the Ekka had attracted more than 200,000 people. Fine weather and high quality entertainment had combined to ensure crowds left pleased.

He said more than 100,000 Dagwood dogs had been consumed so far, as well as 50,000 strawberry sundaes.

The Little Miracles Newborn Corner welcomed 46 lambs born at the Ekka.

Visit ekka.com.au for more.



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