After days of non-stop action at Beef 2021 readers had cold beers and a pub feed on their mind with one story causing a huge storm of interest online in June.
A constant thrum of activity at the Toompine Pub was giving travellers along the Dowling Track near Quilpie a clue that big things were happening at the iconic watering hole, thanks to a local family's passion.
Lauren and Sean Bond and their two children, Izzy and Blair, moved out in January and hit the ground running as repair work continued to restore the pub without a town.
Mrs Bond grew up at Merrie Downs with her parents Stu and Kate Bowen and taking on the Toompine Pub had always been a possibility.
"All through my whole childhood, every time it came up for sale or for lease, it was always 'do we? don't we?'" she said.
"My mum's great aunt bought the pub in the 1940s, it was passed down in her family and then the Houghton family, who are very well known and loved in the district, bought it in 1975."
Once the Bonds moved away from Quilpie to Toowoomba several years ago, Stu Bowen knew the lure of Toompine Pub would be enough to draw his daughter back out west.
"He said, 'if I could get Toompine, would you come home?' Two years later he said, 'I've got Toompine for us, time to come home," Mrs Bond said.
"I really missed my family when we were away and it's something special that we can do this together."
In other property news, large-scale pastoralists Peter and Jane Hughes were understood to have paid a record price in the vicinity of $180 million for the 438,000 hectare (1.08m acre) Normanton property Miranda Downs.
The Menegazzo family's Stanbroke Pastoral Co offered Miranda Downs for sale on a walk-in, walk-out basis including 55,000 Brahman-cross cattle, through an expressions of interest process which closed on June 3.
Miranda was recognised as a particularly productive northern property with a rated carry capacity of 66,000 adult equivalents.
On the Darling Downs the FarmFest field days were back with a record first day crowd marking the return of the major three-day event.
More than 20,000 people headed to the Kingsthorpe site.
The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions caused FarmFest to be called off in 2020, but this year's event was hailed as a successful comeback, with lengthy queues of traffic throughout the first morning.
And on the racing front, everyone wanted to check out the images from the Alpha phantom race meet.
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