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Hunter Valley Steamfest’s new virtual event

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This year’s Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest will be like no other.

Organisers have reimagined the event to bring the sights and sounds of the historic steam era to screens across the nation and abroad.

The physical event was cancelled last month in response to the COVID-19 pandemic with the health and safety of the community in mind.

However, due to the popularity of the much-loved event, organisers are busy working on a virtual event which will be delivered live via the Hunter Valley Steamfest Facebook page on Saturday 18 April.

“We are so excited to have the opportunity to engage with our community and bring Steamfest alive under the current circumstances,” Events Officer Tori Evans says.

“An estimated 50,000 people attend Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest each year, but this year, we have the opportunity to reach many more online.

“To bring this iconic event to life alongside our event sponsor Burton Automotive and partners ARTC, Transport Heritage NSW, Transport NSW and Kings Engineering, is just one way we can bring joy to our community during these difficult times.”

While the 2020 edition was set to be an incredible event, Maitland City Council and event organiser are working towards developing an extraordinary program for next year’s event, which will celebrate the events 35th year.

More details about the virtual Steamfest program will be published on the Hunter Valley Steamfest Facebook page.

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