An Ekka icon, the Bertie Beetle Bag holds a special place in everyone’s hearts.

Bertie Beetles have become synonymous with the Ekka, and the showbag is on almost everyone’s list to buy. (And even if it isn’t, you somehow still go home with one.)

The bag traditionally costs a mere $2. On the first day of the show, there is often an early bird (Early Bert?) special, with some BB bags discounted to $1. The unbeatable combination of sugar and savings is no doubt why the Bertie Beetle Bag has been one of the most popular showbags ever made.

This year, we thought we’d delve a little deeper into Bertie’s rich, occasionally tragic backstory and share some surprising facts about this little delicious treat that comes around but once a year.

Click through the gallery above to school yourself on Bertie Beetle facts.


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