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Krystal Sellars: A wearer of many hats

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Krystal Sellars: Mother/wife/storyteller/wearer of many hats.

The annual show is a staple of a regional town’s calendar, and it was great to see the Cessnock Show return after a four-year break to celebrate its 100th anniversary year.

The show was cancelled due to COVID concerns in 2021 and a lack of volunteers in subsequent years, but the small, hard-working committee revived it for the milestone occasion on the last weekend of February.

After a stint on the gate as part of my community engagement role with Cessnock Leagues Club (the show’s major sponsor), I joined my family for my daughter’s first-ever visit to the Cessnock Show.

We rode the bumper cars, checked out the science show and, of course, brought home a Bertie Beetle showbag.

It got me thinking about my memories of the Cessnock Show growing up.

One that stands out involved a trip to Pizza Hut beforehand – and let me just say, all-you-can-eat pizza followed by a spin on the Joy Whizzer did not end well.

I hope the Cessnock Show will be back next year even bigger and better… and that it will be enjoyed for generations to come.

Speaking of getting bigger and better, did you know Cessnock is one of the fastest-growing cities in regional NSW?

With a current growth rate of about 3.8%, the LGA is expected to be home to more than 112,000 residents by 2041.

… all-you-can-eat pizza followed by a spin on the Joy Whizzer did not end well.

Krystal Sellars

As someone who has lived here my whole life, it doesn’t surprise me that people want to move here – Cessnock is relatively affordable, close to major employment centres, has an abundance of great places to eat, drink and socialise, and if you go to a concert in the vineyards, you can be home within half an hour and sleep in your own bed.

And, don’t get me started on the sunsets over the Brokenbacks.

But, what’s most important, Cessnock has a big heart – whenever times are tough, our community always bands together.

Even if you don’t plan on moving here, it’s definitely worth a day trip to Cessnock.

Come and check out the Seniors Festival or the Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival in March and be sure to save the date for the Cessnock Stomp Festival on 27 October.

I’ll be there with the team from Cessnock Business Chamber – another of my many hats.

Hope to see you there!

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