Maitland City Council, as organiser of Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest, has cancelled the event for 2020.

3801 shunting at Thirlmere station during the NSWRTM gala of 6 March 2005. Image by kind permission of AustralianSteam.

Council is following advice provided by the Australian Government, choosing the health and safety of the community as a top priority.

Due to the fluid nature of the required response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the 2020 event will not be postponed to a later date. Planning instead now focusses on 2021.

Steamfest 2020 was shaping up to be great one, with the return of 3801.

Council and the Steamfest Working Group will now turn their attention to developing an extraordinary program of activities for next year’s event, which will celebrate the 35 th anniversary of Steamfest on 17 and 18 April 2021.

Council acknowledged the support of event stakeholders, including major sponsor Burton Automotive, businesses within the Maitland area, the Maitland Steam and Antique Machinery Association, Show ‘n’ Shine community, stallholders, community groups, volunteers and staff.

To keep watch on the plans for 2021 visit steamfest.com.au