Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest is excited to announce ten years of continuous support from Burton Automotive and that, as part of the 35th anniversary program, the event will be extended into the night.
Steamfest will take place on Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12 and is one of Australia's premier festivals of steam, attracting tens of thousands of people each year to celebrate Maitland's rich steam and industrial heritage.
Burton Automotive dealer principal Norman Burton OAM said "steam trains and Maitland are a big part of my life and history".
"It's our pleasure and privilege to present Steamfest. The festival is a great weekend of fun, and I enjoy seeing the same sense of wonder in kids eyes when they see the steam trains as I did when I was young," Mr Burton said.
Steamfest will also come to life at night with the program being extended into the evening on September 11. Concluding at 9pm, Maitland Station will be filled with quality food trucks and stalls, live music, carnival rides, steam related activities and more.
The Rally Ground will once again host an impressive display of steam powered traction and portable engines, vintage farm machinery and for the first time, the Steamfest People Mover, built by the Maitland Steam and Antique Machinery Association, will transport visitors around the Rally Ground.
Also located on The Rally Ground the Maker and Merchant display is a step back in time when the art of handmade was an essential skill.
"It's always an excellent weekend at Steamfest and with everything that's planned and the locomotives attending, this year will be no exception," Hunter Valley Steamfest Working Group chairperson Peter Garnham said.
"I want to thank Burton Automotive and Norm Burton for their ten years of continual support, their contribution has allowed the festival to continue to expand and grow, to what is our city's largest and most beloved flagship event."
A spectacular display of motoring history will take place on the Sunday at Maitland Park at the ever popular Show n Shine.
Hosted by Maitland Street Rodders, car enthusiasts will be revved up with an impressive collection of over 400 hot rods, classic and show cars. Tickets for train journeys will be on sale soon at steamfest.com.au
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