COWS and roller-coasters will make their mark in Maitland Friday as the city’s show begins in earnest.
Ride operators and livestock exhibitors finished the final touches Thursday ahead of the three-day event, which is expected to draw up to 60,000 visitors.
Poultry, donkeys, horses, dogs and cattle are expected to feature alongside motorcyling, photography and sculpture exhibitions.
Hunter River Agricultural & Horticultural Society president Trevor Hardes said organisers had worked hard throughout the year to deliver the modern, agricultural show, which runs until Sunday.
School students are expected to attend the show Friday.
Pigeon and rabbit display, 10am.
Junior cattle judging, 10am.
Crack Up Sisters whip cracking workshops at 10.30am, 11am, 12.15pm, 4pm and 5.30pm.
Horse classes are at 8.30am.
Championship dog show, 9am.
Donkey judging, 11am.
FMX Kaos Motocross, 5.30pm and 7.30pm.
Sheep section judging, 9am.
iDance performances, 11am and 12.30pm.