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In 1899 a committee was formed to look at the possibility of conducting an annual show in Newcastle.  Those involved in the enterprise were all prominent businessmen, including the then Mayor of Newcastle William Cann.  Dr Joseph Beeston was appointed President of the newly formed Newcastle and District Agricultural, Horticultural and Industrial Association.

The first event, a Sports Day, was held early in 1901.  With “spectacular events such as an eight man ladder and hose race, municipal tug-of-war, wrestling on horseback, tent pegging and highland dancing and piping”, it proved an excellent first venture for the fledgling committee.  The first Newcastle Regional Show was held on 17th May, 1902.  The Show was opened by Joseph Wood, Patron of the Association the newspapers of the day hailed it as a “Splendid Success”.  Judging was held in 19 sections including Poultry, Horses, Garden Produce, Flowers, Cookery Needlework, Wagons & Buggies, Painting, Drawing & Writing, Dairy Produce and Apiculture.

The Annual Newcastle Regional Show continued largely without interruption until 1916 when the Showgrounds were needed as a Military Camp for World War 1.  There was another gap in 1919 due to the influenza epidemic which was raging around the work at the time.  The Annual Show continued to be held through the Great Depression years, but as Newcastle Showground was again used as an Army Staging Camping during the Second World War no shows were held during years 1941 to 1945.

In the late 1980’s innovations such as street theatre, themed buildings and sitescaping elements were introduced.  School excursions were initiated and stages provided to showcase the talents of our youth.

With the support of the community, the Newcastle Regional Show continues to grow and change year to year.  We maintain a strong commitment to provide the people of our region the opportunity to showcase their produce, talent, skills and creativity in a safe and comfortable family friendly environment.

Looking ahead, the Committee will strive to bring to the people of Newcastle and the Hunter Valley all the excitement of a traditional Show as well as innovative concepts to meet the changing lifestyles of our community.

The backbone of the Newcastle Regional Show from 1899 to the present day remains its volunteer Committee members and volunteer workers.  Without the assistance of this dedicated group of men and women from all walks of life, giving so freely of their time to help organise the Show, it would not be possible to run such a huge event.

We are proud of our heritage and offer our patrons the opportunity to visit a traditional show featuring animal displays and competitions, agricultural exhibits, exceptional pavilion displays, exciting ring entertainment, innovative product stalls, talented stage performers and the thrill of sideshow alley.

Most of all, we want you to enjoy your visit to the Show and have  FUN!


Newie Show early 1900s