A herd of cows has began its annual migration downtown and across the Hunter, marking the return of Tocal's showcase of all things farming.
The town's 2019 Field Days are coming up on the weekend of May 3 to May 5.
Maitland and Newcastle Men's Sheds have created and dispersed the bunch of bovine, which can be seen grazing in Newcastle, Cardiff, Sandgate, Lambton, Lochinvar, Aberglasslyn, and on the Hunter Expressway.
Manager of the three-day event, Wendy Franklin, said she hoped the wooden installations would highlight this year's "animal" theme.
"With farmers doing it tough, Tocal Field Days provide an important opportunity for other community members to understand what life is like on the land.
"If you are a farmer you can come and learn. It's a great opportunity to see where your food comes from. If nothing else, it's a great day out for the family," she said.
Apart from the weekend's beloved billy boiling competition and ute muster, Ms Franklin said there would be new activities to enjoy at the Tocal Agricultural Centre.
"We've got a sheep shearer coming to shear an alpaca and we've also got a special feature coming out, so people can watch them milk a cow and have a go at milking a cow themselves.
"Since last year we've also had adult horse rides, an opportunity for adults who would like to have a go."
Glen O'Brien, president of the Maitland Men's Shed and creator of the Field Days' famous bicycle milkshake maker, said his group was happy to contribute to the event.
"We do little jobs that help out the community," he said.