FRESH OUTLOOK: Sydney Haag has been involved with the Ekka since 1948. He helped build this year's Moreton District Exhibit.
FRESH OUTLOOK: Sydney Haag has been involved with the Ekka since 1948. He helped build this year's Moreton District Exhibit. Sherele Moody

Exhibiting produce grows on Sydney

AWARD-WINNING produce from Ipswich, northern NSW, the Sunshine Coast, Fraser Coast, Gympie, the Gold Coast and Brisbane has been turned into a vibrant and mammoth Ekka display depicting the region's agricultural heritage.

The Moreton District Exhibit is vying for the people's choice award against a similarly impressive Darling Downs entry comprising produce from Toowoomba, Warwick, Bundaberg, Stanthorpe, Chinchilla, Dalby and Miles.

Dating back to 1891, the Royal Queensland Show's District Exhibits Contest entries take pride of place in the Ekka's Agriculture Hall alongside impressive smaller entries by Queensland schools.

A team of 10 volunteers from each produce region spent a week building the incredible living artwork from award-winning fruit, vegetables, grasses, grains, sugar cane and many other agricultural products.

Every piece of produce had to pass muster with the Ekka judges before it was added to the display.

"I reckon we've won this competition 17 years running,” volunteer Sydney Haag said of the Moreton display.

"We think we'll win the people's choice award as well.”

The display is dominated by a giant pumpkin that's proving to be a real show shopper.

"One thing everyone asks is 'is that pumpkin real?',” Mr Haag said.

"On the last day of the show we'll sell all the produce off and the money will go back into the association.”

At 85 years old, Mr Haag has been involved in the District Exhibits Contest since 1948.

"It doesn't worry me whether we win or lose,” he said.

"It's just great to put it up for people see.”

Ekka patrons are urged to cast their vote for their favourite exhibit, with the winning team to be crowned before the show wraps up on August 20.

- NewsRegional


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