Meg Grogan, Samuel Krause and Erin McFarlane enjoy their time at the Ekka.
Meg Grogan, Samuel Krause and Erin McFarlane enjoy their time at the Ekka.

Trio camp out at showgrounds

MEG Grogan, Samuel Krause and Erin McFarlane were seeing more than just show bags and sideshow alley at Brisbane’s Ekka last week.

The three Capella State School students spent nine days and nights camping out at the show in a unique learning experience exploring agriculture, literacy and new media.

The students were among 20 who attended the Brisbane Show Camp, picked from more than 80 nominations of youngsters keen to take part in the annual tradition, which has run since 1928.

What began as a way of furthering agricultural knowledge now gives students a real taste of life at the show.

Instead of eating fairy floss and dagwood dogs, the students were sinking their teeth into writing and filming stories to go online for the Ekka Courier, the official Ekka website, and the Brisbane Urban Environmental Education Centre.

As part of the joint initiative between Education Queensland and the RNA, this year’s junior newshounds from Years 6 and 7 took a step back in time, interviewing ageing Ekka experts, mostly in their 80s, about how times had changed.


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