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YES OR NO: Do we really still need the Newcastle Show

It’s the question on everyone’s lips after yet another rainy weekend in March (well after we’ve cleared the aisles of toilet paper, of course).

Do we actually need the Newcastle Show?

Could we survive without the Newcastle Show? And more importantly, what role does the Newcastle Show play in our lonely little lives as we head into the new decade?

I’ll get this out in the open first and foremost: I am all for the Newcastle Show.

I love the Newcastle Show, and I think that this town would be a much shitter place without the Newcastle Show but, did I go to the Newcastle Show?

Heck no, because I got better things to do, which is why I am finally sitting down to have this debate.

I didn’t go because I think when push comes to shove, I, like many other Novocastrians, love the idea of the Show. We all feel like it’s something that is always going to be there. A little bit like Netflix and sweatpants on a Friday night, you know, providing us with nostalgia and comfort right when we need it most.

But here’s the thing. We thought that about the penis tower, and Tower Cinemas, beer being served at the Bar on the Hill, trains pulling up at the beach, parking in the CBD, Hunter Street being a bustling inner-city hub, the fig trees on Laman Street.

If we knew that the livelihood of the Newcastle Show depended on us actually pulling up our bootstraps and showing some support, would we be there?

We thought all of these things would be around forever but they disappeared, and we cried and complained about them until, well, we’re still crying and complaining about them.

So what would we all say if we lost the Newcastle Show?

I think a heck of a lot of people would be upset, and whinge and whine because it’s what Novocastrians do best. But would it actually change anything?

If we knew that the livelihood of the Newcastle Show depended on us actually pulling up our bootstraps and showing some support, would we be there?

I will hand it to the marketing team though.

2020 saw the Show kick it up a notch and personally I think that you can solve anything with great branding. It was fresh and fun and they hit the nail on the head when revitalising the overall brand.

It didn’t look like a carnival for kids or a place for acne-clad teens to make out on the Ferris Wheel anymore. It looked epic, fantastic, and bloody exciting to say the least.

From the brightly coloured bikes around town to the hip new logo, they really went a long way in tugging at the heartstrings of Novocastrians and inducing some serious FOMO. But again, I ask, is the Show what we really need?

2020 saw the Show kick it up a notch and personally I think that you can solve anything with great branding. It was fresh and fun and they hit the nail on the head when revitalising the overall brand.

Laura Kebby

Do we need three days (well especially now that the public holiday is gone) full of pluto pups, livestock, rain, and monster trucks? Showbags full of plastic goodies which will last a hot minute, or the shame of handing over 100s of dollars to carnival rides and sideshow alley and walking away with a consolation prize.

Do we actually need the Show? Will we go to the Show next year?

I mean, I don’t have the numbers on this one but I’d love to know how many people were willing to fork out one zillion dollars for an all-day ride pass, fast food, and approximately six hours of fun. Someone give me the stats, please!

The bottom line? Do we need the show? Probably not in a literal sense, but do we want to need the show in a nostalgic metaphorical Novocastrian-esque sense?

Heck yeah, we do! But the jury is still out in my book. Did you go? Would you go? Would you miss the show? All questions I’d probably swap a show bag to have answered.

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Written by Laura Kebby

I write words about talented people doing talented things, and translate chatter by putting pen to paper.