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DERAILED: Hunter Valley Steamfest cancels July event

Organisers of the 2022 Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest have announced the cancellation of their 35th-anniversary event.

Ongoing flooding in Maitland and the Hunter Valley which has caused damage to infrastructure, including the local rail network, has led to the decision to cancel the event that was scheduled for the 30th and 31st of July.

Along with rail network disruptions the flooding has also limited access to key event sites, such as the Rally Ground and Maitland Park.

“With this being the fourth cancellation since March 2020, trust us when we say this decision isn’t one that is made lightly, and we share your disappointment,” a Steamfest statement said.

This announcement comes after the four other event cancellations of Steamfest since March 2020.

“Trust us when we say this decision isn’t one that is made lightly, and we share your disappointment.

“However, given the extent of the flood damage, our ability to deliver this year’s event, our 35th anniversary, is severely limited, with repair work and recovery expected to take many months.”

Steamfest organisers said that the Hunter Valley Steamfest 35th anniversary celebration will return in 2023 on the 22nd and 23rd of April.

Ticket holders for 2022 Steamfest events will be contacted in the coming weeks, with information on how they can either receive a refund of their tickets or transfer them across to our 2023 dates.

For more information about the cancellation and plans for the 2023 event visit https://mait.city/SteamfestCancellation2022