In the words of legendary Australian poet Banjo Paterson...There was movement at the station for the word had got around.
Only it wasn't for a colt that had got away, it was for the eighth annual Terara Country Music Campout.
And this year, hosts Owen and Thelma Ison have put together an outstanding line-up of entertainers.
There literally will be something for everyone.
Anyone who has travelled past the couple's Millbank Road property at Terara, just east of Nowra, over the past month would have seen Owen hard at work in his beloved tractor and slasher preparing the paddocks for an expected influx of 300 plus caravans and mobile homes as the instant township, affectionately known as "Owie's World" reforms.
And he's hopeful this year could be the year they break the magical 400 van mark.
"I've always wanted to get more than 400 vans on the property," he said.
"It's been a long-term goal. The closest we've got was 2017 when we had 340 - that was our biggest event ever.
"I've got a feeling we can top that this year."
Despite the Campout not officially starting until Friday, April 5, gates for the popular event open from noon on Saturday, March 30, with country music fans from all over the country beginning to descend on the 21 acre property.
While fans will travel from most states for the scheduled three-day event, this year there has even been interest from New Zealand.
"People come from everywhere," he said "they just love it [the Campout].
"We've got people coming from Rockhampton and Adelaide and a performer for the first time from New Zealand."
While it is a great chance for many friends from around the country to catch up and spend time together in the beautiful Shoalhaven, the event also raises money for local charities.
"It's great to get all these people here in the Shoalhaven," Owen said "but it's also about giving back. They all have to eat, they all shop and they all love to spend money.
"We've had great backing from a number of local businesses in supporting the event and our guests are encouraged to go back and support them."
The event is also a massive fundraiser for a host of local charities, this year backing among others, Noah's Shoalhaven - Noah's Inclusion Services (formerly Noah's Ark), the Starlight Foundation and Terara Public School.
I've always wanted to get more than 400 vans on the property. It's been a long-term goal. The closest we've got was 2017 when we had 340 - that was our biggest event ever. I've got a feeling we can top that this year.Owen Ison
"It's not just about the three days of the campout," Owen said.
"We will have walk up artists, free dance lessons, dance nights, poets breakfast, free ukulele lessons plus and much more."
Mr Ison was quick to praise his wife Thelma, saying without her support and the support of their family the event would never go ahead.
"We have a great crew who help us," he said.
"We can't thank everyone enough. But Thelma is my go to - I bounce ideas and suggestions off her all the time. Some ideas she agrees with, some she doesn't," he laughed.
It is a fulltime job to arrange the Campout or as Mr Ison describes it "51 weeks a year of work for one week of pleasure".
An action-packed program has been put together with one of the highlights being Saturday night's headline act Andrew Leonard who presents "Elvis, Cash and Dino" a tribute show to three legendary performers Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Dean Martin.
It's 51 weeks a year of work for one week of pleasure.Owen Ison
But throughout the three days of the Campout there will be great acts on show including Joe Musico, Christine and John Smith, Robyn Gleeson, Pete and Sandy Smith, Stephen R Cheney, George Farnham, Peter Coad, The Coad Sisters and Jim Hermel, Owen Blundell, Craig Adams, Royden Donohue, Sandie Dodd, Justin Standley, Freda Harvey, Ray Essery, Dale Duncan, Ernie Constance, Dianne Lindsay and Pete Simpson, Wayne Horsburgh and Brian Letton.
Don Robinson, Lynette Aglinskas and Ernie Constance will be compares for the weekend, with sound by George Farnham, while artists will be supported by Kingsley Day, Rob Breese and Jim Hermel.
The Campout officially kicks off on Friday, April 5 with a performance by Terara Public School, while the evening show features Sandie Dodd and Country Radio record holder, 2017 Golden Guitar Finalist, X-Factor finalist and Star Maker finalist Justin Standley.
The popular Poets Breakfasts will again be held Saturday and Sunday mornings hosted by Don Robinson and will feature Freda Harvey and Ray Essery.
Saturday night's show will be mixture of the starring artists highlighted by Andrew Leonard.
Prior to the Campout start on April 5 there is also a full program of events.
Walk up artists and poets will be hosted by Don Robinson on Monday from 1pm onwards, Tuesday night, Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.
There will be free dance lessons on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.
Free ukulele lessons on Tuesday afternoon with Ron Williams.
There will be a dance night on Wednesday, with music by Geoff Johnson and George Farnham.
Thursday afternoon is the "Triple Treat Show" with Joe Musico from 1pm to 2pm, then Pete and Sandy Smith from 2pm to 4.30pm followed by Robyn Gleeson from 4.30pm to 5.30pm.
And then there is the Thursday night concert from 7pm to 8.30pm with Ron Williams and Darcy and Allie from 8.30pm.
Don't miss the eighth annual Terara Country Music Campout at 146 Millbank Road, Terara from Friday, April 5 to Sunday, April 7.
A day pass is $15, weekend three-day pass $40. Campout pass for people who would like to camp $75 p/p, children under 12 free.
Hot food will be provided from Friday morning (April 5) with Mandy and the team cooking up a storm with their proceeds going to the Starlight Foundation.