The Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of
Queensland (RNA) is a member based organisation governed by 21 RNA
Councillors. An executive team of seven, including the RNA
President, is responsible for overseeing the operations of the
association which owns and operates the RNA Showgrounds, situated
1.6 kilometres from Brisbane's central business district.
The organisation's charter is to promote and encourage the
development of the state's agricultural, industrial, manufacturing
and cultural resources. It aims to provide a vibrant destination
with leading educational and event facilities and activities that
capture the hearts and minds of all Queenslanders, from the country
to the city.
The RNA runs the Royal Queensland Show (Ekka), Queensland's
largest event, on behalf of the community for 10 days each year in
August. Staged at its original birthplace, the RNA Showgrounds, the
Ekka showcases its unique tradition and heritage by bringing the
city and country together for a once a year get-together. More than
400,000 people gather to see thousands of exhibits, 10,000 animals,
world-class entertainment and taste award-winning food and wine.
Along with this, the organisation runs the Royal Queensland Food
and Wine Show-a series of seven individual competitions unearthing
the best produce in Australia plus a sausage competition unearthing
the state's best. Outside of the annual Ekka, the RNA is a venue
hire business which hosts about 150 events each year, including
music festivals, lifestyle exhibitions and sporting matches.
To provide a vibrant destination with leading educational
and event facilities and activities that capture the hearts and
minds of all Queenslanders, from the country to the city.
To promote and encourage the development of the
agricultural, pastoral, horticultural, industrial, manufacturing
and cultural resources of the State of Queensland.
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