There were lots of big smiles on little faces yesterday when the sights, sounds and flavours of the Ekka came to the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

Our annual Ekka Party gave patients and families a sneak peak of the show’s family entertainment program highlights, including the Farmyard Friends Talent Show, Felicity Kircher, the Crack-Up sisters, the Army Pep Band, baby animals, and more.

Kids throughout the hospital who were unable to leave their beds didn’t miss out on the fun, enjoying roving entertainment throughout the wards, and a surprise showbag delivery.

RNA Chief Executive Brendan Christou said the Ekka visit to the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital was a long-standing tradition the RNA was honoured to continue.

“The RNA has partnered with the Children’s Hospital Foundation for more than 10 years to put some Ekka smiles on the faces of kids who can’t attend Queensland’s largest and most loved event due to injury or illness”, said Mr Christou.

Children’s Hospital Foundation CEO Rosie Simpson also said the Foundation was pleased to once again partner with RNA to bring happiness and smiles to the faces of Queensland’s sickest kids.

“We’re delighted to bring all the fun and excitement of the Ekka to the hospital and the bedsides of sick kids – many of whom won’t be able to attend this year’s show, or have never attended the show before – due to injury or illness.

“Research has shown that by providing entertainment and distraction to kids in hospital, we can not only make stays more enjoyable but help kids to get better and go home sooner to their families”, Ms Simpson said.

Check out all of the boot-scootin’ fun from the day, including pony rides, face painting, showbag deliveries, and plenty of baby animal cuddles, in the album below.