First person through the gate
On your marks, get set, go.
Punters charged through the Fieldays gates on Wednesday morning, and eleven-year-old Dale Irvine was the first to step over the line.
He cheered on the way through, arms raised with his precious ticket in hand.
"I had a strategy to get right up to the front of the gates and run through," Dale said.
Now he gets a treat from Dad for crossing over first. Dale's also looking forward to seeing the trucks, of various sorts, in action at Mystery Creek.
Dale and his father left home in the 5am darkness.
They were at the gates by 6am where the queues of people waiting to get through the turnstile snaked hundreds of metres back from the line.
Jocelyn Charleston, from Hoe-o-Tainui, also arrived at 6am.
"I want to get here early so I can get in the gate and get parking," she said.
She has been coming to Fieldays every year it has been held at Mystery Creek.
Charleston always tries to get in early for the prime parking, but finds it has other perks.
"I meet lots of people at the gates. It's quite nice really."
There were also the unsung heros waiting at the gates to unlock them as soon as the clock ticked over to 8am.
Amongst the many manning the gates for the 120,000 plus people expected to come through was Kay Rogers.
Rogers was visibly buzzing about the event.
She has been on the job for the past ten years.
"I love it. The first morning is the most exciting, but I will be here for all four days," Rogers said.
And so it begins.