The Northern Agricultural Association (N.A.A.) hosts the annual Singleton Show each year in September. The N.A.A. is made up of volunteers, many of whom dedicate many hours of their time to ensure a successful Show every year.
The historic Singleton Showground is owned by the N.A.A, with many hours spent maintaining the historic buildings and beautiful features on the grounds.
The N.A.A. also hosts the Monthly Singleton Markets (every fouth Saturday of the month). The Showground is also the venue for many community activities and fundraisers including the Annual Lion's Book Fair. The Showground facilities can be hired for use.
Volunteers are always welcome at our annual Show in September each year. If you would like to volunteer at the Show, please contact The Secretary.
In 1868, in the year of its formation, the Northern Agricultural Association held its first Annual Exhibition. It was such a success that by the following year a Showground had been bought opposite the Singleton Railway Station and so the Singleton Show was to become an important Annual Event in the town. The Show was so successful that by 1908 the “Old Showground” had been outgrown and a new larger site was purchased.
The 1909 show was held as usual at the “old Showground” and in one year, the Showground Buildings were moved to their new home in Bathurst Street, trees were planted, new buildings constructed and the ground prepared for the opening of the very successful first Show at the “new Showground” in September 1910.
Over the years only four shows have been missed – one because of severe drought, another because of a state-wide rail strike and for two years when, during World War II, the Armed Forces occupied the Showground.
What’s in a Name? Why the Northern Agricultural Association (N.A.A.)?
Prior to 1868, on alternate years (under the name of Hunter River Pastoral & Agricultural Association) Shows were held in Maitland and Singleton. In 1868, both towns decided to go their own ways and Singleton invited Muswellbrook and Murrurundi to join with them to form the Northern Agricultural Association. This attempt failed and so Singleton was left to stand alone as the Northern Agricultural Association.