THREE generations of farming families are gearing up for the 50th year of the Elmore Field Days, which start on Tuesday.
Elmore Field Days Committee president David Trewick and vice-president Frank Harney come from a long line of Elmore Field Days committee members.
Frank has served on the committee for 32 years.
Before them, their parents served on the committee, and today they and their children are busy helping set up for this special year on the massive 160 hectare site.
Mr Trewick attributes the success of Elmore to its central location among major regional centres and the region's diversity of agricultural pursuits.
"Everyone is getting time-poor and the field days gives farmers the opportunity to go around and see all the different machinery from the same manufacturer, or talk direct to the engineers," he said.
Elmore Field Days - and agriculture - has changed enormously since its small beginnings on 35 acres in 1964 at Aysons Reserve on the Campaspe River north of Elmore.
Tractors, for a start, have morphed from cute, people-sized machinery of 25 horsepower to massive 500 horsepower monsters.
The Elmore Field Days have become known across Australia as a mecca for all things machinery, as well as cropping trials, shearing demonstrations, and the amazing Ag Art Wear.
With farming conditions as positive as they have been for a while - good rainfall, and good grain and milk prices - Mr Trweick is expecting a solid showing of more than 40,000 visitors over the three days, and about 700 exhibitors.
A highlight will be the launch of a book Elmore - The first 50 years by the Premier Denis Napthine on Tuesday.
Six exhibitors have been coming to Elmore since it began in the 1960s and a special awards dinner will be held next week to honour their contribution.
The 2013 field days will also feature shearing demonstrations, fashion[ parades of of the Ag Art Wear competition, and vintage tractor parades.
Six exhibitors have been coming to Elmore since it began in the 1960s