On what was generally a wet, cold and somewhat miserable start to the school holidays, the older girls and I headed to town to camp at a 'Junior' beef event.
Because camping with kids and cows in less than perfect climatic conditions sounds like great holiday entertainment in anybody's mind.
Fortunately for all involved, the showground facilities allowed most of the activities, as well as the camping to be conducted undercover and a great time was had by all.
Kids of all ages were stepped through many facets of the beef industry, appraising both stud and commercial cattle, as well as leading and showing cattle.
This was our first visit, the event itself having been conducted for over twenty years.
A terrific opportunity for like-minded youngsters to come together for an informative, educational and entertaining three days focused on the industry we love.
The girls came home more excited and inspired than ever, already talking of which cattle would be suitable to take next year.
As well as some serious learning time, there was also some light-hearted entertainment.
One such night-time event a Masterchef barbecue cook-off.
With a visit from a celebrity Masterchef judge!
The week concluded with a Presentation Dinner, where two newbies came home with a little loot.
And thankfully the sun is now shining.
Last job, to remove nose-rings and bush cattle.