Brookfield Show 2024 Entertainment Extravaganza: What You Need to Know

Brookfield Show 2024, Brisbane’s biggest little country show, promises an unforgettable experience for attendees with a thrilling three-day lineup of entertainment, workshops, and competitions.



From the 17th to the 19th of May 2024, Brookfield Show offers diverse activities and shows guaranteed to amaze and delight visitors of all ages.

Daytime and Nighttime Thrills

First stop, the Children’s Stage, which will feature the Mini Moshers band, magicians, and puppet shows. Adjacent to the ever-popular sideshow alley, spectators can enjoy up-close encounters with an array of reptiles.

During daylight hours, the atmosphere buzzes with the energy of roving performers and school bands and the competitive spirit of the talent show. As night falls, the excitement continues with daredevil rodeo displays and trick horse riding exhibitions. 

Brookfield Show rodeo
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The Showmen’s Guild of Australasia ensures adrenaline-pumping fun at sideshow alley with attractions like the “Wheel of Oz” Ferris wheel, Dodgems, and the Hurricane ride.

Rides to Try

Ride NameDescription
Wheel of OzA giant Ferris wheel offering panoramic views of the showground.
DodgemsBumper cars for thrilling collisions and laughs.
HurricaneA fast-spinning ride that whirls around, lifting off the ground for a rush of adrenaline.
SizzlerA classic spin ride that rotates at high speeds, perfect for thrill-seekers.
Midnight MadnessA ride for those seeking an extreme adrenaline rush, featuring high speeds and intense rotations.
Cup & SaucerA gentler option suitable for younger children, featuring rotating cups on a saucer-like platform.
Chair-o-PlaneSwinging chairs that rotate around a central pillar, offering a breezy experience.
Kids Roller CoasterA fun, mild roller coaster designed specifically for young children.

Traditional and Novel Competitions

The Brookfield Show remains a bastion of tradition, with competitions in Horses, Horticulture, and Needle Craft. This year, the LEGO competition will be introduced, appealing to creative builders of all ages.

Lego Competition
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Art, Woodwork, and Cooking exhibitions provide visitors with a glimpse into high-quality craft and culinary delights, with select items available for purchase.

Culinary and Craft Beverages

In addition to a plethora of food options, this year’s show includes a boutique cocktail bar managed by expert mixologists, enhancing the evening vibe. Local music acts like the Gold Creek Band and the sibling duo Liv & Ed will perform, ensuring the entertainment extends well into the night.

Show-Stopping Performances

The highlight of the Brookfield Show 2024 is set to be the ‘Cirque Du Soleil’ style circus show, directed by one of Cirque Du Soleil’s Assistant Creative Directors, featuring some of Queensland’s top circus talent. This full-length extravaganza will cap off each day, accompanied by stunning fireworks displays that promise to light up the night sky.

Recommended Entertainment to See

EntertainmentDescription
Mini Moshers BandEnergetic live music performance ideal for families on the Children’s Stage.
Puppet and Magic ShowsEngaging shows for children featuring skilled puppeteers and magicians.
Reptile EncountersGet up close with a variety of reptiles, a fascinating experience for wildlife enthusiasts.
Trick Horse RidersWatch skilled riders perform stunts and tricks with their horses.
Cirque Du Soleil Style ShowA circus extravaganza by top Queensland performers, directed by a former Cirque Du Soleil creative.
Fireworks DisplaysEnd each night with a spectacular fireworks show, a dazzling display that lights up the sky.
Bobcat BalletDelight in a choreographed performance featuring machinery.
Live Music PerformancesEnjoy local bands including Gold Creek Band and the duo Liv & Ed, perfect for evening entertainment.

Brookfield Show 2024 Full Program

Brookfield Show

With a mix of new attractions and beloved classics, the Brookfield Show in 2024 is not just an event but a celebration of community, craftsmanship, and entertainment. 

Tickets are now on sale, offering an opportunity to experience one of Brisbane’s most anticipated annual events.



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Published 16-May-2024

Ross River Virus: Mosquito Control Efforts Escalated in West Brisbane

Queensland Health has issued an urgent warning about the rising number of cases of Ross River Virus infections in West Brisbane. Mosquito spraying activities will be conducted in at-risk areas like Brookfield, Pullenvale, Anstead, and Pinjarra Hills in the coming weeks.



In the period from 2001 to 2020, the average cumulative incidence in the Greater Brisbane area was approximately 70 cases per 10,000 people. This data highlights the ongoing challenge of Ross River Virus (RRV) infections and the critical need for effective prevention and awareness strategies. Further details on the study are available here.

Residents and visitors, especially in suburbs like Kenmore, Brookfield, Chelmer and Sherwood, are strongly advised to implement protective measures against mosquito bites, the primary means of virus transmission.

Enhanced Mosquito Control Measures Across Brisbane and the Gold Coast

South East Queensland has seen a surge in mosquito populations, with the recent combination of wet weather and high temperatures providing ideal conditions for these pests to thrive. This has led to an unprecedented increase in mosquito activity, compelling the Brisbane City Council to implement extensive control measures, treating up to 2,400 sites weekly. This represents a 140% increase over the usual mosquito management efforts, including seven aerial treatments in just the last nine weeks.

Ross River Virus
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In Brisbane alone, efforts have focused on 136 out of 190 suburbs, with an additional 24 areas on the Gold Coast receiving attention. The Redland City Council has upped their aerial larviciding by 60%, marking the most significant campaign since the 2016-2017 period. Logan City, Sunshine Coast, and the Gold Coast councils have similarly expanded their control activities.

Recent data from Queensland Health has confirmed several cases of mosquito-transmitted diseases, with 29 instances of Ross River virus and three of dengue reported in the first three weeks of January alone.

About the Ross River Virus

Origin and Spread

Ross River Virus (RRV) is a mosquito-borne alphavirus that is endemic to Australia, Papua New Guinea, and the Pacific Islands. The virus primarily spreads through the bite of infected mosquitoes, notably those in the Aedes and Culex genera, which are common in these regions.

Symptoms and Treatment

RRV infection can lead to a range of symptoms, from mild to debilitating. Common symptoms include polyarthritis, rash, fever, fatigue, and muscle pain. These symptoms can significantly affect an individual’s ability to perform daily activities and, in some cases, can persist for months or even years. While there is no specific treatment for RRV, management of symptoms is possible through medication and physical therapy.

Epidemiology

The virus has shown a notable propensity for causing large outbreaks, particularly in coastal regions. The incidence of RRV infection varies seasonally and geographically, with the highest rates typically observed in areas with warmer climates and in proximity to bodies of water where mosquito populations thrive.

Prevention

Preventing RRV infection centres on controlling mosquito populations and minimising individual exposure to mosquito bites. Public health measures include community education on the use of insect repellent, the importance of wearing protective clothing, and the need to eliminate standing water around homes and communities to reduce mosquito breeding sites.

Global Health Perspective

RRV is considered a significant public health issue within its endemic regions. With climate change and increasing global travel, there is a potential for RRV to expand its geographical reach, making it a subject of interest for global health monitoring and research.



Call for Personal Protective Measures

Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerrard has emphasised the importance of personal protection against mosquitoes and the diseases they carry. With the potential for any mosquito bite to transmit Ross River Virus, increased mosquito activity elevates the risk of infection. Mosquitoes can bite at any time of day, though some species are more active during twilight hours.

To reduce the risk of mosquito bites, it’s recommended to:

  • Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially at dusk and dawn.
  • Use insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus regularly.
  • Wear loose, light-coloured clothing that covers arms, legs, and feet to minimize skin exposure

Published 13-Feb-2024

Jaco Roeleffs Spearheads Unique Sculpture Exhibition in Brookfield’s Serene Landscape

Check out the work of Jaco Roeleffs, a local sculptor whose creations are a fusion between art and the natural world, on display at “Flowing Forms,” a unique art exhibition in Brookfield.



Mr Roeleffs is renowned for his ability to weave organic materials and found objects into sculptures that challenge the boundaries between reality and imagination. His creations are deeply rooted in themes of nature, human connection, and the ephemerality of existence.

Set in the picturesque Brookfield Rose Garden, “Flowing Forms” boasts a collection of 20 sculptures by 10 local artists. 

Alongside Jaco Roeleffs, artists such as Antone Bruinsma, John Fegan, Colleen Lavender, Fred Beel, Russell Solomon, and Nina Summers have contributed their unique sculptures. Each piece tells its own story, reflecting the individual style and vision of its creator.

These pieces are crafted from a variety of materials, including stone, steel, aluminium, and bronze, each harmonising with the natural beauty of the rose garden. The venue itself adds an extra dimension to the artworks, providing a natural canvas that enhances their visual appeal.

Flowing Form 2
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Unlike traditional art openings, which officially started its run on 9 Dec 2023, “Flowing Forms” offers a more relaxed and immersive experience. 

The exhibition, set until June 2024, invites visitors to embark on a self-guided tour, allowing them to engage with the sculptures at their own pace. Descriptions and videos accompanying each piece provide insight into the artists’ visions and processes.

This event is not just an exhibition but a platform for local artists to showcase their work to a broader audience. It reflects Brookfield’s commitment to nurturing and promoting local talent. The sale of these sculptures also offers an opportunity for art enthusiasts to own a piece of this unique artistic endeavour.



“Flowing Forms” is a must-visit for anyone interested in the intersection of art, nature, and community spirit.

For more information on the exhibition and the featured artists, visit the Brookfield Sculpture website.

Published 10-Dec-2023

Brookfield State School Choir Topped Choral Fanfare 2023

Did you know that the Brookfield State School choir bested over 200 choirs from all over the state at the Choral Fanfare 2023?



Choral Fanfare, a biennial program that commenced in 2001, offers students a unique platform to gain valuable performance experience, hone their teamwork skills, and receive well-deserved recognition.

This year’s competition witnessed almost 10,000 students from 213 choirs, representing 137 state schools, participating in regional festivals held across Queensland.

Out of this massive pool of talent, only ten choirs were selected for the state final, and Brookfield State School’s choir emerged as the undisputed champions at the final concerts held at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University on Tuesday, 22 Aug 2023.

Brookfield State School Choir
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Consisting of exceptionally talented students, the Brookfield State School choir performed under the baton of their dedicated conductor Mrs. McMillan, with the support and guidance of the school’s choral coordinator Tamsin Eades.

The selection of the choir for the top honour is reflective of Brookfield State School’s robust choral program, which spans Year 1 to Year 6. The comprehensive program allows students to participate in junior, intermediate, and senior choirs, providing them with numerous performance opportunities both within the school community and beyond its gates.

When the choir became one of the finalists, Principal Leanne Duncan expressed her pride and confidence in her students and their conductor.

“Our senior choir students and their parents are incredibly humbled and incredibly excited by the news that we are state finalists. It is a testament to the quality, support, and passion for music our conductor has,” she said.

This recognition is not only a celebration of Brookfield State School’s outstanding achievement but also a testament to the power of music education in fostering excellence and teamwork among students.



Choral Fanfare continues to be a prestigious event in the Queensland educational calendar, providing students with a platform to nurture their musical talents, receive constructive feedback from professional adjudicators, and witness the performances of other choirs.

Published 3-Sept-2023

Brookfield Community Monitors Installed to Address Flight Plan Noise Impact

Amidst the mounting concerns about escalating aircraft noise in the Brookfield and Upper Brookfield areas, temporary noise monitors have been installed to capture data and analyse the impact of flight operations. 

The move comes as part of a broader initiative by Airservices Australia (ASA) to address the growing issue of aircraft noise across Brisbane. The results from these monitors will be shared with the community after three months of data collection via the WebTrak platform.

The temporary monitors have been strategically positioned at Jones Rd in Brookfield and Carbine Rd in Upper Brookfield. These locations were chosen to assess the noise impact of aircraft departure and arrival operations, respectively. The initiative underscores ASA’s commitment to addressing community concerns and involving residents in the decision-making process.

Community Engagement Sessions to Discuss Flight Path Options

To foster open dialogue and gather valuable input from residents, ASA has announced a series of engagement sessions starting 8 Aug until 10 Sept 2023. These sessions will provide an opportunity for residents to discuss and provide feedback on the proposed flight path changes. 

Among the options being explored are strategies to increase flights over Moreton Bay, reduce nighttime operations’ impact, and distribute flight paths more evenly across affected communities.

Residents of Brookfield, Upper Brookfield, and the nearby suburbs are invited to participate in the community engagement session scheduled for Monday, 14 Aug 2023, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Brookfield Hall within the Brookfield Showgrounds. Additionally, ASA is organising online sessions from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for those unable to attend in person, ensuring that as many voices as possible are heard.

Online Sessions 
Tuesday 22 August
Thursday 31 August
Tuesday 5 September

Resurgence of Controversial Flight Path Plan

As part of a comprehensive Noise Action Plan, ASA has unveiled a revived proposal for significant changes to Brisbane Airport’s flight paths. One of the most contentious aspects of the plan involves permitting round-the-clock simultaneous takeoffs and landings from both runways at the airport. The proposal, known as Simultaneous Opposite Direction Runway Operations (SODPROPS), is aimed at addressing the noise issue.

Initially proposed over two decades ago and subsequently abandoned, the SODPROPS plan was revisited following persistent noise-related complaints from residents. While ASA had initially considered implementing SODPROPS only during nighttime hours, the current proposal envisions extending this practice throughout the day, depending on favourable wind patterns, weather conditions, and air traffic volume.

Brisbane Flight Path
Photo Credit: Airservices Australia

Community Responses and ASA’s Approach

The resurgence of the flight path plan has elicited mixed reactions from the community. Marcus Foth, the spokesperson for the Brisbane Flight Path Community Alliance (BFPCA), welcomed the 24-hour implementation of SODPROPS but expressed reservations about ASA’s communication strategies. Foth criticised the agency for inundating the public with technical terminology, hindering meaningful public engagement.

ASA’s broader proposal includes a commitment to exploring alternative flight path options over the next two years. These options aim to distribute noise impact more equitably across the city without increasing the airport’s overall capacity. 

Whilst the plan is still under review, Brisbane Airport Corporation has expressed support for ASA’s efforts to mitigate noise impact, particularly during nighttime operations. The final decision, shaped by community feedback and revisions, will determine the future trajectory of Brisbane’s flight paths and their potential to alleviate residents’ noise concerns.

Sip, Swing, and Shop at Brookfield Rose Farm’s Gin and Jazz Concert

Prepare for a glorious afternoon spent ‘sipping, swinging, and shopping’ at the Gin and Jazz Concert at the Brookfield Rose Farm.



You’re in for a special treat as a memorable afternoon filled with the greatest jazz tunes and gin-tastic libations featuring the local Imbibis gin gets underway on Saturday, April 22, 2023, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

The Brookfield Meander markets will also open, offering genuine locally produced items. So, come prepared with your picnic blanket and get comfortable as you browse through the stalls. Don’t forget to bring your umbrellas and apply sunscreen so you can spend a memorable afternoon with family and friends. 

The Brookfield Rose Farm Gin and Jazz Concert is an event that you don’t want to miss. Gates open at 2:00 p.m. Get your tickets online



Published 31 March 2023

Proposal Up For Naming Rafting Ground Park Footbridge After Ludvik Bass

Plans are underway to name a footbridge at the Rafting Ground Park in Brookfield after Emeritus Professor Ludvik Bass.



Prof Bass lived in Kenmore and then Pullenvale from the 1970s to his passing in 2022. He raised his children to enjoy the park grounds along Pullenvale Rd and he was a familiar presence among the locals as he was also frequently seen walking the family dogs at Rafting Ground Park.

As mentioned in the proposed naming, the professor made daily visits to the park following his retirement in 1984. He forged friendships among the local community and was the “centre of everything at that park” for more than 50 years. 

Prof Bass advocated having a footbridge built on the park grounds to connect two sides of the land and he used this daily until his passing in October 2022. 

There is a community consultation about the naming proposal running until the 3rd of March 2023.

“Professor Bass was instrumental at the time of convincing Brisbane City Council of a need for a bridge between both sides of the park and nobody was happier when it was built,” Cr Adermann wrote.

“The request appropriately is for the footbridge to be named in his honour and has the support of his family. So we’re hoping through this consultation process that it is supported by the community.”

He was a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Queensland and had his postdoc with Erwin Schrödinger in Dublin.



He also collaborated with Denmark biomathematicians and researchers and was part of the Foreign Fellow of the Royal Danish Academy. He authored over 30 research papers which were published until 2018. 

Your Budding Artist’s Drawing Could Win the Brookfield Show Society 2022 Christmas Card Competition

Calling all budding artists! Brookfield Show Society is running a Christmas card competition for children 4 to 12 years old, whose artwork could be printed as the official 2022 Christmas card of the community group.



Interested young artists have until Monday, the 28th of November 2022, to submit their artwork for the Christmas card competition. Aside from the holiday theme, their artwork must also reflect the character of Brookfield — think Summer, paddocks, gum trees, horses!

Christmas Card Competition
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The artists may use any medium for their designs, including computer illustrations, but they have to submit their work on a single A4 sheet of paper only, along with the entry form. 

Artworks may be submitted via the Christmas Card Competition entry box at the bar on Friday nights or outside the Society Office during other days. 

The winner will be named during the Brookfield Show Society’s “Bush Christmas” on Friday, the 2nd of December 2022, at 5:00 p.m. The winner will also receive an art pack worth $100 from Kenmore West Kindy. 

Meanwhile, Bush Christmas at the Brookfield Showgrounds is expected to be a fun family event where guests may enjoy some bites to eat along with musical entertainment. Free rides and activities for the kids will be underway, including a special visitor from the North Pole! The adults will get a chance to enjoy shopping at over 20 stalls and complete their Christmas gift list as well. 

Brookfield Bush Christmas is proudly supported by Brisbane City Council, Sci-Fleet Motors and BOQ Kenmore. 

Brookfield Show Society Hosts Melbourne Cup Luncheon

Watch the race, take a punt with the sweeps, and try to get lucky on the horses. Get ready for an enjoyable local luncheon and catch the Melbourne Cup at The Brookfield Bar, hosted by the Brookfield Show Society.


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Canapes by Russell Jolly from In House Catering will be offered to guests on arrival, coupled with a glass of French Champagne, followed by a generous spread of meat and salad dishes, finished with dessert.

The organisers have curated a wine and bubbles list to go with the elegant, sit-down meal, handpicked by our sommelier who also designed the cocktail menu for those who’d like to take their luncheon to the next level. The cash/EFTPOS bar will be open after the arrival drinks are served.

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Dress to Impress

This year, The Brookfield Bar will also host “Fashions on the Field”, so it’s best to come in your best threads for a chance to be crowned the Queen or King Fashionista of Brookfield!

DATE1st November 2022
TIME11:30am – 3pm
LOCATIONThe Brookfield Bar, 550 Brookfield Rd, Brookfield
TICKETS$123
Brookfield Show Society
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Brookfield Show Society
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Tickets are now on sale, on a strictly limited basis, to ensure an enjoyable day for all. Purchase single tickets or tables of 10:

Raffle prizes from local businesses will also be given away. The event is sponsored by O’Callaghan Workplace Law. For any enquiries, please contact Bec Petrie : r.petrie@brookfieldshowsociety.org.au or phone: 0401 282 959

About the Brookfield Show Society

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Brookfield Show Society, based in Brookfield Showgrounds, is a not-for-profit organisation that services Brisbane’s western suburbs.


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The group runs a number of events at the Brookfield Showgrounds throughout the year, but they are best known for hosting the annual Brookfield Show, the famous agricultural show being held every month of May.

It’s ‘Japanese and Pizza Night’ at the Brookfield Bar!

Feel like celebrating the start of the school holidays? The Brookfield Bar will party with you and the whole family with a Japanese street food spread, gourmet Italian desserts, and more! 



On Friday, 24 June 2022, The Brookfield Bar has a massive night planned to celebrate the end of the school term with its Dry Night Pizza & Japanese Street Food event.  Brisbane’s best food trucks will be parked at the showgrounds for the guests to enjoy their meal with a beverage on the alfresco deck.

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Unfortunately, no alcohol is being sold; just soft drinks and juices as there is no liquor licence for this event.

Photo Credit: Samurai Kitchen

Make sure to bring your appetites because Samurai Kitchen (the food truck that offers ‘the best karaage chicken in the world’) and The Italian Stallion by Na Pizzetta Organic Street Food (which offers wood-fired gourmet pizzas) will be serving up their delicious specialties. 

Ice cream van Aaravices from Ipswich is also joining the event. Not to be missed is Mama Mus Cucino Italian desserts, serving Italian donuts, cristoli, and cannoli.

There will be firepits and heaters to keep the winter chill at bay. The night is sure to heat up anyway, with some dancing as Danny Black & CK rock the mini stage.

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Danny Black has a long history with Brookfield and those who come to the celebration will enjoy listening to him play his acoustic folk-rock sounds with his partner.

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The children will surely be thrilled to meet Queen Elsa! The beloved character will make a special appearance in the early evening! Families can enjoy chatting with her, blowing bubbles, and having fun with balloon creations.

The end-of-school term celebration will start at 5:30 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. Guests are asked to enter via the Colquhoun Showgrounds Gates.



The Brookfield Bar is run by the not-for-profit Brookfield Show Society with all Bar proceeds being funneled towards upkeep and repairs of the historic grounds, as well as management of community events.

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