Shropshire Star Farming Column 8th July 2017
Saturday 24th June saw hundreds of Shropshire Young Farmers flock together to compete in over 70 competitions at the annual SFYFC Rally.
This year the Rally theme was “Wild West”, fitting for the venue of Westwood Farm. Competitions ranged from decorating a cake to the Wild West theme, making a cowboys waistcoat, to plasticine tepees and flower arranging. Skills were put to the test in stock judging, brick laying and shearing competitions, as well as in a carpentry competition where members raced against the clock to build some very impressive western style saloon swing doors. Dancing, sketches and a competition to lassoe a mechanical moving bull made for some great entertainment for all. In true Young Farmers style the day finished with some hilarious fun with an assault course and a celebratory after Rally Dance.
Once the points had been counted, Brown Clee YFC were crowned 2017 Rally champions. Taking the winning title in 2016 too, they were outstanding in the field taking away an impressive 9 out of the 18 trophies awarded on the day. Chris Potter (Rally Committee Chairman) commented, “Congratulations to all those who competed and supported this year’s Rally, the standard of competition was as high as ever and it was a fantastic day for all involved”.
SFYFC would like to thank The Craig Family and event sponsors FBC Manby Bowdler Solictors for their generous support. Thank you also to the organisation’s main sponsors; Pickstocks Telford, Shropshire Farm Vets, Alltech E-C02 and NFU Mutual. Well done to the Rally Committee for organising the event and all who helped to make the day run so smoothly.
The next big event in the YFC calendar is the famous Shropshire YFC Chairmans Ball (26th August) and Chairmans Charity Concert (24th August) which has kindly been sponsored by Madeleys Chartered Surveyors of Much Wenlock. With the theme of “Around the World” this year the events are being held in Cleobury North.
At the Chairmans Charity Concert each of the 18 clubs will pick a country and create a performance to that theme; expect to see Western Singing, Russian Ballet Dancers and the French Can-can. The annual concert utilises the marquee in which we host the Chairmans Ball, and raises money for our chosen charities; Oak Farm (Ditton Priors), Midlands Air Ambulance and Breast Cancer Care. This year the concert will be particularly special as we will be presented our Queens Award for Voluntary Service. All YFC members, friends, family and supporters are welcome to attend the concert in what promises a proud evening of thrilling performances.
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