Fun for all Qlders at Ekka show

BOUNCING kangaroos, birthing sheep and a Clydesdale horse freaking out at a goat during the grand parade.

People's Day at Ekka 2012 had those moments and many more on a perfect winter day which attracted nearly 70,000 people to the Brisbane showgrounds.

Premier Campbell Newman spoke to the crowd just before the national tree felling championship final about his love of the sport and of Ekka.

He said Wednesday was a special day for him because it was 25 years to the day since he met his wife Lisa at the Ekka for their first date.

"It's very special to us, it's part of our family," he said.

"Lisa, in particular, is a big fan of the Ekka."

The crowd heard they had only missed one year, when their daughter Rebecca was born on August 12, an Ekka day.

It was Mr Newman's birthday on Sunday and his wife's on Wednesday.

"I particularly like coming to the woodchop because as some people would know I spent some of my teenage years in northern Tasmania and this was the sport of real men," Mr Newman said.

But the irony of him attending an event where axes are used was not lost on Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk who also spent the day at Ekka.

"It is very tasteless if the premier goes to watch woodchopping today when thousands of people have fear and uncertainly about heads on the chopping block over job cuts," she said.

RNA chief Brendan Christou said almost 70,000 people had flocked to the Ekka for the iconic People's Day public holiday in Brisbane.

"The RNA is thrilled with the response from the people of Brisbane who have come out en masse to celebrate all that is great about their state," he said.

"We had the perfect forecast for People's Day and the sunshine is set to continue for the last three days of show. We can't thank the public for the support of our show enough.

"They come out each year for their show and we're humbled to stage it on their behalf."


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