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Hunter Valley Airshow takes flight

Cessnock City mayor Bob Pynsent has praised organisers of the biennial Hunter Valley Airshow, stating it was a brave decision to host the 2021 event.

The popular aerial extravaganza, that boasts something for everyone, will roar back into Cessnock Airport this weekend, with a huge line-up of in-the-air and on-the-ground action on both Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 March.

Presented by Paul Bennet Airshows, it returns with its biggest ever program of aircraft, performances and entertainment, including Warbirds, RAAF displays, Hot Wheels Stunt Team, Plane v FMX bike jump, car show, military vehicles, beer and wine garden, amusement rides, markets and street food.

Cr Pynsent said he was hoping for a 20,000-strong crowd, capped at 10,000 each day.

“The Hunter Valley Airshow is a terrific event – and we certainly welcome it,” he told Newcastle Weekly.

“In fact, Cessnock City Council is sponsoring it again this year.

“We’re looking at those visitation numbers and the impact it’ll have on local jobs in our community.

“Events like the Hunter Valley Airshow are so important to the LGA.

“It brings a lot of people here, supporting the many businesses in the region.

“Also, it assists the diversity we have in our tourism.

“I congratulate Paul Bennet, and the organisers, on taking the risk and working through the COVID-19 restrictions.

“I’m looking forward to a great airshow.”

Cr Pynsent reassured spectators, both local and visiting, would be safe in the current health climate.

“It’s wonderful the organisers have taken on board the COVID-19 constraints,” he said.

“It will be a COVIDSafe event, no doubt about it.

“People are already acclimatising to the rules and social distancing.

“I think it’s important that we just maintain those practices throughout the event.

“If they do that, I’m sure it will be a magnificent Hunter Valley Airshow.”

No matter whether you’re a hardcore aviation enthusiast or just looking to take the kids out for a fun weekend, there’s so much to enjoy.

Up in the skies, an epic airshow will play out across both days.

Catch legendary warbirds in full flight, including the Corsair, Spitfire, Hurricane, Mustang and more.

Even the famous RAAF Roulettes will be in attendance with a display that’ll show just what fighter jet pilots are capable of.

Witness aerobatic aces perform spectacular feats that will leave you speechless, including champion pilot Paul Bennet and motocross master Jackson Strong teaming up for a stunt that involves a plane, a motorbike and one big ramp.

Down on the ground, a vibrant festival is expected to unfold across Cessnock Airport.

Thrill-seekers will be drawn to an eye-popping and jaw-dropping show by Australia’s number one stuntman Matt Mingay and his Hot Wheels Stunt Team.

Aviation fanatics and gearheads will be in heaven with tonnes of static displays to explore.

View classic cars, RC models and, of course, plenty of planes on show, with Defence Australia having a significant presence, too.

You can also indulge in delicious street food, have a scratch through boutique markets or maybe visit the trade exhibitions.

The littlies aren’t forgotten either, take advantage of the biggest Kids Zone yet.

And, finally, discover the Around Hermitage Wine & Beer Garden, a new addition to this year’s show where you can treat yourself to the tastes of renowned local wine, craft beer and spirits.

Cessnock Airport (western entrance) is located at 40 Grady Road, Pokolbin.

Free parking will be available across both days.

Gates open at 9am, though this event may just sell out, so purchase your tickets online to avoid disappointment.

For further information, and to buy tickets, visit https://www.huntervalleyairshow.com.au

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