When Yerong Creek farmer Ross Edwards first attended the Henty Machinery Field Days in 1962, the average tractor was just 60 horsepower and agriculture was still very much "men's business".
After 60 years involved with the field days Mr Edwards has made the decision to step down as director, a position he's held since 1978, to clear the way for a younger generation of leaders.
It follows his resignation as HMFD chairman in 2019.
The 72-year-old will remain a part of the committee which he first joined in 1962.
"I think it's time to hand over the baton to the younger ones," he said.
"I've told them I'll still do some of the jobs I do now, but I won't poke my nose into the running of field days.
"I've made some lifelong friends through it."
Mr Edwards said the field days had transformed significantly since he first attended in 1962 as a member of the Pleasant Hills Rural Youth Club.
He said it had been great to see the communities around Henty thrive due to the money raised through catering or parking cars at the event.
"I think the biggest thing is when I first started the average tractor had 50 to 70 horsepower, now it's 200 to 550," he said.
"Most headers in those days... were pulled by tractor, now the big self-propelled headers of today take off more grain in 30 minutes than the old headers did all day."
Mr Edwards said as machinery had evolved so had farmers and the industry.
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"Another big change has been women's involvement in agriculture," he said.
"In those days it was mostly men. Now women play a big role, and rightly so, in agriculture whether it's agronomy, work in wool sheds, or whatever it might be, women play a much greater role."
HMFD chairman Nigel Scheetz said Mr Edwards' contributions to the Henty Machinery Field Days, Lockhart Shire Council and the Yerong Creek community had been massive.
"He's got a cracking sense of humour and a great rapport with fellow committee members," he said.
"It doesn't matter whether it's the Prime Minister... or anyone in society, he always gives them the time of day and has a yarn.
"He's a cracking community-minded man."
Mr Edwards thanked his wife Heather and family for their support and for 'carrying the load' at the farm when he was busy with field days.
"I'm leaving it in good hands with the directors there and the wonderful staff," he said.
"We have a solid base of young chaps and ladies coming through on the committee, I'm sure a lot of organisations would be envious of us having so many young people involved."