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It’s Show time, says new GM Emma Spencer


Emma Spencer admits she has a few butterflies in her stomach as the 2022 Greater Bank Newcastle Show (The Show) approaches this week.

And, that’s understandable given it’s her first stint as the event’s general manager.

“I guess it is a nervous excitement,” she said.

“Certainly, a mixture of the two.

“Even though I don’t have a background in agriculture, I’m looking forward to the challenge.

“You’re forever gaining wisdom when you are in events, which is my specialty.

“Given that this is something totally different for me, in terms of the ag sector, I see it as an important learning curve.

“But, in saying that, I’m probably more worried about the weather… at the moment.

“My fingers are definitely crossed we’ll be fine.”

The much-loved annual extravaganza will take place at the Newcastle Showground on Friday 4, Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 March.

Again, organisers have lined up an exhilarating range of entertainment, which includes Snape Trilogy, The Years (Friday night), Hornet, GENR8 (Saturday night), fireworks, Hot Wheels Stunt Team (sponsored by GWH), Unchained BMX Show (sponsored by Newpave), demolition derby, Petite Stars Dance Academy, animal nursery, Chance2Dance, Little Scallywagz, Pretty Amazing Jono, Perform-Ability, Prestige Academy of Dance, Ship O Fools, WOW Encounters, lawn mower racing, camel rides and races, a llama kissing booth, daily street parades and Dino Disco, as well as more than 100 high-adrenalin amusements, classic and modern cars, Side Show Alley and countless exhibitions.

That’s not to forget plenty of food outlets from around the world either, including Mexico, Italy and Portuguese; horses and show jumping; cattle; sheep shearing; rats and mice; CWA Tea Room; cooking, makers, art and photography competitions; showbags; and the official opening with marching bands and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service flyover.

“I think we’re just trying to stick to tradition in 2022, especially after what people have gone through over the past 18 months,” Emma said.

“They want to have a good time, leave their cares behind.

“And, it’s our job to provide that.

“We’ll have the usual events in the ring, with a lot of focus on the horses and their respective disciplines, while the stunt team, BMX show and demo derby are always crowd favourites.

“We’re hosting numerous amazing competitions, too, and we’ve received a heap of amateur entries for cooking and handicrafts, for example.”

The easing of COVID-19 restrictions has put a smile on Emma’s face as well.

“Extra precautions were in place last year, which may have impacted The Show attendance figures,” she said.

“We could only use two of the three entries.

“This time around, we can open up all of them.

“So, it will be pretty much back to normal, however we’ll still keep everything COVID-safe.

“We’ll also maintain a check-in at the entry points as a safeguard.”

A local girl through and through, Emma hopes her previous show day experiences flow through to patrons in 2022 – and a new generation of show-goers.

“After growing up in Newy, and coming to The Show every year, I’ve seen it from that side of things,” she told the Newcastle Weekly.

“I know it means a lot to people.

“Now, I’m here for work and organising everything with the great team, to ensure it all comes together.

“For me, there’s a sense of euphoria.

“I’m keen to see happy families come through the gates, couples on a date night, or a bunch of teenagers seeking some thrills on the rides.

“To realise we put something of this magnitude together is very rewarding.

“So, I’m really looking forward to witnessing the enjoyment on everyone’s faces.”

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