Celebrating our history and heritage
Next weekend tens of thousands of people will flock to the Maitland Station Precinct for the annual Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest.
The event is one of the most popular in the Hunter region and what I have always liked about the festival is how it celebrates our history and heritage. I feel like the festival gives you an opportunity to journey back in time and experience things that are no longer commonplace.
Last year I particularly liked the steampunkers who provided a lot of originality and added an element of fun to the event. The steampunkers were dressed in clothes that combine historical elements with old fashioned technological features. They were the perfect accompaniment to the rest of the festival, which in itself is a celebration of the ingenuity of days gone by. Steampunk Sydney will be back again this year, joined by Newcatle Steampunkers, so look out for them on the Rally Ground and watch out for a penny farthing bicycle.I always enjoy myself on the Rally Ground, seeing things like the sheep shears, corn cooker and portable engines all powered by steam.
The event is very much intergenerational and it is great to to see grandparents and grandchildren as bright eyed as each other looking at all the attractions. Don’t forget that tickets for the different rail journeys are still available online and popular journeys will be snapped up soon so get in quick. Go to the Steamfest website to claim a seat.
For those attending I’d also like to encourage you to visit the Maitland Your Say tent, which will be encouraging feedback on the development of a Destination Management Plan for Maitland. Council will be asking questions on a range of things including what you see as Maitland’s major visitor drawcard in ten years. The tent will be located in the Maitland Station Precinct. There is also an opportunity to complete a survey now at www.maitlandyoursay.com.au