STUDENTS from Rochester Secondary College joined volunteers to help mark out the sites for the Elmore Field Days on Wednesday.
It took about four hours for a team of 65 volunteers to spray paint the boundaries of 500 sites.
It was the first official working bee before the three-day event, which begins on October 1.
Elmore Events Centre administration and public relations officer Sam Shotton said volunteers were the driving force behind the event.
“This wouldn’t happen without the volunteers,” she said.
“It would take two people about three weeks, but with the help of all these people the task is done much quicker.”
Ms Shotton said the students were surprised at how much work went into making the events centre ready for the show.
“Prior to the event, it is an empty paddock with a few sheds.
“They could see how much goes into getting the place ready before the gates are open on Tuesday morning.”
Ms Shotton said it was also beneficial for the students to help out at a community event.
“It’s good for them to see how people can help in the community.
“Hopefully three or four of them might be interested in joining the committee when they are older.”
She said there was still a lot to do heading into the final month of preparations.
“A lot of things happen before the event.
“It doesn’t happen overnight – it’s a culmination of months of work.”