It’s showtime, when a little bit of the country comes to a town near you and in an outer suburb of Brisbane, one of Queensland’s oldest shows kicked off today.

Imogen Kars reports.


The stage is set, the horses are saddled and the cattle groomed, it’s the annual Brookfield Show.

20,000 punters are expected to attend this year’s event, the state’s third biggest.

Besides the serious equestrian events, there’s plenty of stalls, entertainment and of course, sideshow alley.

In many ways it’s a three day show like no other.

Cameron Dart, Brookfield Show Society: “I guess the beauty of this show is the atmosphere it creates for everybody. The fact that we’re 12 kilometres from the city and you get a bit of country. And a little bit smaller than the Ekka, but nevertheless all those sorts of things for the family.”

A focus of this year’s show is raising funds for a refurbished ‘happy hour bar’, a long-standing tradition for Brookfield locals.

They’ve raised $50,000 and need another $100,000 but that won’t stop the show.

VOX 1: “It’s the best show in the world, look at the showgrounds, they’re beautiful.”

This year also features the much loved reptile show, free kids art workshops and the world renowned lumberjack competition.

This is the 106th Brookfield show, and there’s no sign of it slowing down.

The party goes until Sunday, and you can bet there’ll be plenty of these sold.

Imogen Kars, QUT News.