THE 2013 Elmore Field Days kick off next Tuesday at the Elmore Events Centre, celebrating the popular event's 50th year.
Farmers and their families will descend on the large site for three days of almost everything agricultural, including the usual new releases of machinery, "agricultural art", and wool handling demonstrations.
The shearing shed comes alive with Shearing the Past, a display of blade and narrow gear shearing and a snapshot of shearing from the 1960s.
Farmers will be able to watch new cultivation, hay and silage machines operate in field conditions, learn about Elmore's oat hay trials, find out "what's killing our lambs?" and see a daily parade of vintage tractors.
Victorian Premier Denis Napthine will officially launch the three-day event on Tuesday at 1pm. A commemorative book about the event's 50-year history will also be launched and available for sale.
While the latest agricultural machinery is undoubtedly a strong drawcard, Elmore Field Days Committee spokeswoman Sam Shotton said the event was a great day out for everyone.
Coinciding with the school holidays, activities would also appeal to women, children and small-acre farmers, she said.
"It's more than just tractors and silos to look at. There is something there for everyone," she said.
"Where else could you go for a great day out, for $18 for an adult or $8 for a child over 12?"
Children's activities include a travelling Australian fishing show, a daily Tennis Victoria competition and face painting.
The popular Ag Art Wear competition is a highlight, featuring a new, quality crop of hats and frocks made of agricultural items including cattle tags, baling twine, and castration rings. Parades are held twice daily each day, with the final on Thursday at 2pm.
More than 40 delegates from across Australia and New Zealand will also be at the field days for the Association of Agricultural Field Days of Australasia annual conference.
In paddock machinery demonstrations that were to be held twice daily, will now only be held at 11am. The 2013 Elmore Field Days program and a copy of the Bendigo Advertiser are available inside the gate.