In March 2019, The Show at the Newcastle Showground will be bigger, bolder and better than ever before as the new board continues the fight to keep its entertaining future for Hunter generations to come.
The board’s new members, including Hunter Workers secretary Daniel Wallace, local businesswoman Jeanne Walls, vignerons Brian McGuigan and Joss De Iuliis, have combined with local agencies to reinvent The Show in determination to cement its future as part of the fabric of the Hunter’s community.
Behind the scenes, the board has been negotiating for months with the NSW Government to take on the management of the Showgrounds to establish an urban entertainment precinct that will contribute to the revitalisation of Newcastle all year round.
President Peter Evans said the board was driven to establish The Show as a flagship show in the annual events calendar and continued to work collaboratively to attract popular events and activities to a conveniently central location that was easily accessible for the people of the Hunter.
“More than 100 years ago the site was a swamp and was filled to establish the Newcastle Showground and host The Show, an event the people of Newcastle and the Hunter have enjoyed for decades,” said Mr Evans.
“On behalf of the board, we want the NSW Government to know that we believe in The Show and the Newcastle Showground. We encourage them to accept our offer and empower us to keep this event and the site, a desired entertainment destination for the local community.
“We will continue to work with the NSW government on the advancement of their plans for the surrounding sports and recreation precinct that includes the continuation of The Show at the Newcastle Showground.”
For The Show’s history, families and people of all ages have flocked to the Newcastle Showground to be part of this community-loved event and it’s vital it’s kept alive and relevant – an eclectic mix of carnival meets agriculture meets artisan.
The board has aligned with local corporate sponsors, including naming rights sponsor, the Regional Australia Bank, plus warmly received pro bono services from local agencies such as Enigma, all in the name of keeping The Show around for years to come.
From March 1, 2 & 3 in 2019, The Show will offer an energised program of activities and highlights to keep families and visitors enthralled and captured in The Show’s celebration of local talent and family-friendly events and games.
“We are introducing new sights, sounds, tastes and experiences that are bigger and better than ever! We are excited to bring something fresh while honouring The Show’s heritage . . . keep your eye out for our ‘discover something new’ campaign coming soon,” said Mr Evans.
There is a festive season, family ticket special offer (two adults, two children) for only $50, running until December 31.
The Show president Peter Evans accepts Santa’s delivery of the new limited family ticket for Christmas fresh off the press from the South Pole. Mr Evans also gave Santa his Christmas wish for the Newcastle Showground to be a part of the urban entertainment precinct.