The Maitland Show's 2020 motto "Everything Needs Water" has proved prophetic as, in the days leading up to the event, the area has been drenched by a very welcome downpour.
The weekend will feature a large display from Hunter Water to help educate the community on water sustainability.
The Maitland Show's aims to bring the best of the event's past and contemporary agriculture to the showground between Friday, February 14 and Sunday, February 16.
The 2020 show sees the return of the Grand Parade on Saturday, including an appearance by the local pipe band, as well as vintage cars (watch out for a 1923 fire truck), emergency services, Showgirl contestants and more.
Maitland Showground manager Brett Gleeson said traditional agriculture had always been a draw to the show and the return of the grand parade was a way to honour that.
"It hasn't been done for many years, and it has been revived," he said.
"It's always a balance between hanging onto traditional, supporting rural life and trying to bring in contemporary things. I think people come to these Shows for various reasons, and many come to see agricultural life in action."
Maitland Show typically draws a crowd of 20,000 across its three days.
"It is a unique event in that it celebrates the old traditions in agriculture, but is always bringing in the new as well," Mr Gleeson said.
It is also one of the few events in which the public can participate, should they wish to, with entries from people passionate about photography, flowers, veggie growing, animals, cooking and more.
There will be plenty of sheep, dairy cows, alpacas, goats and llamas on display, as well as interesting insights into their production.
"There will be a strong dairy goat competition on Sunday morning," Mr Gleeson said.
There will also be the return of some new favourites, including the second year of the Camel Cup and the RM Williams Stock Horse Flag Ride.
The Friday night rodeo, which follows a full day of horse events, remains a hugely popular event and is expected to continue to be a drawcard at Maitland in 2020.
The international photography display, which officially opened on Monday night, features work from artists hailing from 41 different countries. A strong contingent of local photographers will also be represented.
- 8am-3pm: Cattle clinic
- 8am-2:30pm: Horse events
- 9am-7pm: Farm yard animal display
- 10am-9pm: Pavilions open
- 10am-10pm: Sideshow Alley (large rides from 4pm)
- 10am, 12pm, 3.30pm: Pat a pig
- 10.30am, 2pm: Goat milking demonstration
- 11am, 1pm: Bee demonstration
- 10am-8:00pm Animal nursery
- 1.30pm, 4pm: Reptile show
- 4.30pm: Sons of Anzacs (centre ring)
- 4.45pm: Kirkwoods Karate Demonstration
- 5pm: Mini trots
- 5.30pm: Official opening
- 6pm: Rodeo
- 8am-3pm: Stud beef competition
- 8am-3pm Horse events
- 8am-3pm: Dog show
- 9am-7pm: Farm yard animal display
- 10am: Pavilions open
- 10am: Sideshow Alley opens
- 10am-7pm: Animal nursery
- 10am, 1.30pm, 4pm: Reptile Show
- 11am-3pm: Woodchop
- 11am, 2pm, 5pm: Bee demonstration
- 10.30am, 12pm, 3pm: Pat a pig
- 10.30am, 1pm: Goat milking demonstration
- 3pm: Grand parade (centre ring)
- 3.30pm, 6.30pm: RM Williams Australian stock Horse Flag Display
- 3.45pm, 5.15pm, 6pm: Tentpegging
- 4.45pm, 5.45pm, 6.45pm, 7.45pm: Camel Cup
- 5pm, 7pm, 8pm: Team Isuzu D-MAX sponsored by Hunter Isuzu
- 6.30pm: Sons of Anzacs
- 7.20pm: Vintage Speedway
- 8.30pm: Demolition Derby
- 9pm: Fireworks
- 8am-2pm: Horse competitions
- 9am-3pm: Farm yard animal display
- 10am-3pm: Pavilions open
- 10am 3pm: Sideshow Alley
- 10am-3pm: Dairy goats competition
- 10am-1pm: Boer goat competition
- 10am, 12pm, 1.30pm: Reptile Show
- 10.30am, 12.30pm: Pat-a-Pig
- 10am-2pm: Fencepost splitting competition
- 10am -3pm: Animal nursery
- 11am: Bee demonstration
- 9.30am: Tentpegging finals
- 1pm: Skill at arms
- 2pm: Sons of Anzacs
- 2.30pm: Demo Derby (TBC)
Check www.maitlandshowground.com.au for updates.