A case of poor timing resulted in our local Show being held this middle weekend of school holidays, meaning much of Week 1 has been devoted to showtime preparation, such being the case in small communities and certainly more families than ours affected in much the same way.
Two days of working bees, a town day and some carrot cake cooking and pulled pork preparation included. We did manage a little home-time with around eight hundred bales of hay put in the shed ... all part of the "Boarding School Appreciation Program", (or BSAP as we parental humourists like to call it).
Show Day dawned a hot and sultry one, with Tropical Cyclone Ita far to our north having all of the Show committee looking skyward in the days leading up to and on the day of the Show itself. Fortuitously the rain stayed away for the day, a grand time was had by all and the much welcomed rain arrived Sunday.
The child labour force was yet again employed and kept busy with stewarding duties for at least half the day, by which time show money was burning holes in jeans' pockets.
Jessie's lovely friend Mackenzie came to visit and became a cowgirl for the day.
Sal offsided in the cattle ring, and we would have been lost without her. Sarah stewarded in the horse ring, as did Jess and Mackenzie until the lure of sideshow alley proved too great. Wallace enjoyed all the thrills of the show, no stewarding on his agenda, though capguns high priority.
In celebration of the 30th Show the above cake was cut and an Honour Board of past Presidents, Secretaries and Treasurers unveiled.
Some wonderful gems of the community honoured in the process, her sister the creator of the beautiful cake pictured above.
Cattle were paraded, horses ridden, dogs jumped, lollies dropped from great heights, greasy pigs chased, hot chips devoured, beers enjoyed, fashions admired, fireworks marvelled at, children exhausted ... all ingredients of a wonderful event.
We are fortunate to live in this small community. And events such as this are what make it what it is.