Vacy Public School and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter are set to be the beneficiaries of this year's Vacy Cutting Day with a goal of $20,000 set.
The charity event, now in its 12th year, will be held on Saturday October 26 on the Vacy property Riverside.
Event organiser Josh Evans said the bar has been set high in terms of fundraising but hopes Hunter people will support the day.
"If you haven't been to a Cutting Day then it's well worth the trip to Vacy - it's an action packed horse event, where the rider and horse demonstrate their skills at separating a cow from the rest of the mob - and they are scored on their ability to control the animal," Josh said.
"We have competitors travelling from as far away as Tamworth to attend, and there are some incredibly well bred and highly trained horses competing at this year's event.
"We are very thankful to our many neighbours and fellow cattle producers here in the Vacy district that supply us such great quality cattle to use."
Vacy Public School P&C needs to raise more than $20,000 before the end of the year to build an outdoor learning area, that will also double as a stage for school assemblies, presentation day and other performances.
"Our small school is hoping the Cutting Day will top up funds already raised by students and their families during the year, to get this stage built," said Josh.
"Over the last 12 years the event has raised thousands of dollars for the school and the rescue helicopter, all thanks to the generosity of our local community."
The event has free entry and promises plenty of family fun all day including two rounds and a top 10 final in the arena, plus a jumping castle, whip cracking competition, billy boiling championships, auction and kids games.
More than 60 sponsors have come together to provide prizes, auction items and essential equipment to run the day.
"It's a huge effort from all these local businesses, we know it's been a pretty tough year out there for many with the ongoing drought, but still everyone puts up their hands and gives generously and we are indebted to them all," Josh said.