Monster trucks will make a triumphant return to the Newcastle Show this year amid a spate of revitalising changes under new management.
With Gen X-er Gabe Robinson at the helm, the much-loved show, which Mr Robinson admits many locals have come to see as “tired”, will take a fresh direction over the next few years to launch it into a new age.
Drawing on his experience in television production, having worked on the sets of The Voice, The X Factor and Eurovision, Mr Robinson envisions high-tech innovations such as projection mapping and drone flying in years to come.
This year, however, his focus is on giving the show a new look and feel, starting with the Hunter Vibes arena.
“With family passes, two out of four ticket-holders are adults,” Mr Robinson tells Newcastle Weekly.
“Hunter Vibes is an area where they can come and chill out over live music and meat and cheese boards from Hunter Valley producers and get away from the hustle and bustle of the show.”
Then there is Get Kids Cooking with Australian Good Meat, which will bring a different artisanal flavour to the show.
Primary-aged children (5 to 12) will have a chance to grab an apron and learn to cook a healthy meal while finding out where food comes from.
If that’s not enough, kids can get hands-on at the new Scouts activity centre, featuring wall-climbing and tight rope-walking.
All the crowd favourites, from carnival rides and showbags to agricultural displays and campdrafting, will round out the three-day event, from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 March at Newcastle Showground.
“The show has been a part of the region since 1902 and I will fight to the death to ensure it is around for another 100 years,” Mr Robinson adds.
Go to newcastleshow.com.au to buy tickets.