The man leading the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners has "one more piece of the puzzle" to solve before he can announce the destination for the 2020 run.
Brendan Farrell said he was in overdrive gathering as much donated hay as possible - baling, stacking and raking it - before the expected Australia Day hay mission to a drought-stricken region.
"I've just got to make sure it's done right ... I know it's probably running a bit late," he admitted during a video update on Monday.
"You have to be in the right frame of mind to announce a hay run."
On Tuesday, country songstress Sara Storer told The Border Mail her song Hayrunner, which pays tribute to "Bumpa" and his team, had received a Golden Guitar nomination for Heritage Song of the Year.
Border-based Storer has been nominated for seven Golden Guitar awards and an ARIA for her seventh studio album Raindance.
In the meantime, Mr Farrell urged supporters to head to the Akubra website to purchase its 2020 calendar with $10 from every online sale to go to the hay runners.
He also expressed his appreciation to Ritchies IGA for its ongoing support and current Christmas promotion.
Mr Farrell said one of the big questions that had been asked of him in recent weeks was whether he was doing anything with the fires.
The short answer was no.
"There are plenty of people up there to do good ... I'm trying to do the best I can with the business and the hay runners," he said.
"I've advised a lot of people on how to do things; they're going in leaps and bounds and getting things done - taking up dog food, water and hay - but I just can't.
"I have a big job here that I've got to get baled. That's just the way it is."