There's plenty of fun to be had by the young farming community at Taree Showground over the next couple of days.
From 5 o'clock Friday afternoon (March 1), the Young Farmers Challenge is underway, catering for competitors from as young as three.
And on Saturday, March 2 the all breeds heifer show gets underway at 9am.
Competitors will face several fun challenges this afternoon. For example, the paling race will test teamwork and leadership skills as teams of four negotiate a course strapped to palings (think cross country skiing).
There's also a wheelbarrow challenge, tug-o-war and the "udder walk", using rubber gloves to simulate udders, wedged between contestants' knees while they walk a set course (think balloon race).
The Young Farmers Challenge is being organised by Cameron Yarnold, president of the Manning Valley branch of the Holstein Association. The challenge has been held in Gloucester for the past few years but it was decided to bring the event to Taree Showground where it can be held under cover.
Children and young adults from as far as Gloucester and Kempsey are expected to compete. In the past the event has attracted entrants from farther afield but the current drought conditions have impacted on this.
They will camp overnight and all the catering has been taken care of thanks to sponsorship. In fact, both events have attracted good sponsorship from local businesses.
Also supporting the heifer show is the beef cattle show team from Chatham High School, who will try their hand at dairy cattle for a change.
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