Newcastle Regional Show

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Newcastle Regional Show
Begins 2 March 2018
Ends 4 March 2018
Frequency Annual
Location(s) Broadmeadow, New South Wales
Inaugurated 1902
Most recent 3-5 March 2017
Attendance 50,000 (2015)
Website
www.newcastleshow.com.au

The Newcastle Regional Show (or just Newcastle Show) is an annual agricultural show held by the Newcastle AH & I Association at the Newcastle Regional Showground in Broadmeadow, a suburb of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

The Newcastle and District Agricultural Horticultural and Industrial Association was formed in 1899 and held the first Newcastle Show in May 1902. It has been held each year since with breaks for World War I, the 1919 influenza epidemic and World War II. The show was not held in 2007 after losses in 2006, however it returned in 2008.[1] With improvements to the showground and expanded entertainment, the show crowds in 2008 were up by 50 per cent.[2]

The show comprises a ring show with livestock parades, show jumping and various attractions such as speedway cars, marching bands or fireworks; an agriculture pavilion with displays and judging of livestock and produce; commercial stands and exhibits; a Hall of Industry with art, photography, handcrafts, cookery etc. There is also live entertainment, a showbag pavilion, a sideshow alley with amusement rides, shopping, food courts, etc. The Newcastle Entertainment Centre is located inside the showground and is used for the show.[3]

Newcastle Show Day was a public holiday which applied to the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie local government areas. The holiday was last held in 2014.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nellie Ayres (2007-10-25). "Show must go on". yourguide.com.au (reprinted from The Newcastle Star). Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  2. ^ Melissa Lyons; Julieanne Strachan (2008-04-12). "Crowds back for ripper ride". Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  3. ^ "Newcastle Regional Show website". Newcastle A.H. & I. Association Inc. Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  4. ^ Newcastle show holiday rejected Newcastle Herald 5 February 2015
  5. ^ Newcastle Show Day public holiday rejected by state government ABC News 6 February 2015