One hundred and twenty years of competition, culture and connection will come to the fore when the Newcastle Show powered by Greater Bank returns in 2022.
The much-loved extravaganza is set to celebrate its 120th anniversary at the Newcastle Showground on 4, 5 and 6 March.
And, with the timely announcement on Monday 24 January of the Repco Newcastle 500 being postponed that same weekend, organisers are preparing to welcome big crowds again.
“The Show has endured much adversity since it began, from war and storms to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic,” recently-appointed general manager Emma Spencer said.
“But, it still has a place in the hearts of thousands of showgoers.
“Now that Supercars is no longer going ahead, the local community will nevertheless have a huge amount of great entertainment over the weekend of 4, 5 and 6 March.
“Our professional and experienced team of staff and volunteers, which make up the strong backbone, will deliver an amazing event in such a time of uncertainty.
“It’s also especially important as we salute our frontline workers for their sensational efforts over the past two years.
“As in 2021, during COVID-19, we’ll follow NSW Health advice and comply with all government protocols to ensure attendees remain safe.
“We will continue to monitor guidelines closely and make changes if they become necessary.”
Ms Spencer reserved plenty of praise for Greater Bank.
“I’d like to commend them, as our major sponsor, for their ongoing support of The Show,” she said.
“We’re fortunate to partner with a proud Hunter-based organisation that shares our deep connection to the community and culture of our region.”
Back on the program in 2022 will be the familiar and popular showbags, more than 100 high-adrenaline, family and kids’ amusements and games, three days of continuous on-stage and roving entertainment, interactive industry exhibits, BMX, camel and lawn mower races, plenty of motor vehicles, centre ring activities featuring showjumping, woodchop, post splitting and all the traditional components of an agricultural show.
Fabulous “live” bands are also scheduled from 6pm each evening and, to top it off, the spectacular fireworks display on Fridays and Saturdays at 9pm.
“The Show is one of Australia’s largest regional annual events, attracting on average more than 50,000+ people each year,” Ms Spencer said.
“It’s an iconic celebration of our culture, from our rural traditions to our modern-day lifestyles, providing unique experiences for everyone.
“Each year for three days in March, the country and city join together to enjoy agricultural competitions, animal experiences, entertainment, carnival fun and much more.
“The rich heritage and scale of The Show make it a prized means of communication utilised by some of the region’s biggest, best-known and loved brands.”
Tickets are now on sale at www.newcastleshow.com.au
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