The Ekka will be freezing ticket prices to show support to farming families.
The Ekka will be freezing ticket prices to show support to farming families. David Stuart

How this year's Ekka will help our farmers

QUEENSLANDERS are being urged to show their support for farming families battling the drought as they count down to the 142nd Royal Queensland Show, aka the Ekka.

For the first time in 11 years, the RNA has frozen ticket prices to encourage people to attend the event and show their support for farmers struggling through drought condition and in the aftermath of the devastating February floods.

RNA chief executive Brendan Christou said the Ekka brought the country to the city to celebrate and showcase agriculture and its importance to the community.

"Queensland is now in its seventh year of drought, with 65.2 per cent of the state drought-declared in May,” Mr Christou said.

"Our farmers are the backbone of our nation and we want to draw attention to the many challenges they are facing, as well as provide opportunities for them to engage with others in the broader Queensland community and enjoy some much- needed respite.”

The 2019 ticket prices will remain the same as 2018's prices and the Little Ekka Pass will be free for children under the age of four.