Shropshire County Show 2017
Shropshire Young Farmers pulled out all the stops at the Shropshire County Show this year, held on Saturday 27th May at Greenhous Showground. Both in the Young Farmers marquee and in the main ring, members wowed the judges with spectacular entries in over 40 classes and competitions.
The Young Farmers marquee, packed with hundreds of entries to this year’s theme ‘Ireland’, looked magnificent. Those who stopped by were treated to flower arrangements depicting islands, Irish food items such as potato bread, Irish bunting and mini ‘Titanic’ ships made from scrap metal. The standard of entry was remarkable and the marquee showcased the talent and range of skills of members.
Throughout the day active classes offered some light-hearted fun for friends, family and show visitors. Great attempts at Irish accents, transformations into the best dressed Irish characters and steeple chase relays made for some very amusing entertainment. Crowds gathered to watch a sheep shearing competition, with Rushbury and Cardington YFC’s Will Dale taking the winners’ trophy for speed and quality of shearing.
The highlight of the day was the YFC float parade. Hundreds of people gathered around the main ring to watch the spectacle, with 14 clubs proudly parading their decorated “Island” themed trailers in front of the judges. After many weeks of hard work constructing their float, Wem YFC were delighted to be awarded first place with their take on the Island of Sodar, the location for the Thomas the Tank Engine books and TV series. It featured a moving Thomas the Tank Engine, spinning windmill and even a manned Harold the helicopter elevated by the tractor loader. A bright pink Valtra tractor, raising money at the show for Breast Cancer Research, was leant by Edward and Farmer Ltd to Dorrington YFC to pull their float and scooped the prize for “Best Turned-out Tractor”. Judges David Roberts of G.O Davies (Westbury) Ltd, and Mike and Mark Adcock from NFU Fuels (both companies are sponsors of SFYFC) commented that it was “tremendous to see the magnificent efforts shown by all clubs.”
Rushbury and Cardington YFC were worthy winners of the day, scoring an incredible 241 points, this being their 4th year of gaining first overall place. It was a fantastic achievement by the club. YFC Shropshire Show Secretary Vicky Rowlands congratulated members on their hard work and thanked all those who helped make the day run smoothly.
Shropshire YFC are extremely grateful to it's main sponsors for the year which are NFU Mutual, Pickstock Telford Ltd., Shropshire Farm Vets and Alltech E-CO2. A special thanks also to Shropshire and West Midland Agricultural Show and to this year’s Shropshire Show YFC sponsors; GO Davies (Westbury), the NFU and NWF Fuels.
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