Last night, Staffordshire Young Farmers Club hosted their Pre-Show Reception which was kindly sponsored by Abbotsholme School, Rocester and Stafford Land Rover at the YFC Office on the County Showground, attended by sponsors and invited guests.
The evening proved to be very entertaining with the ‘YFC’s Got Talent’ Competition, where competitors presented any talents of their choice from singing to comedy. The Judges, Peter Slack and Graham Hollinshead commented that the five acts they had judged were all absolutely fantastic and really gave the audience an evening of entertainment to remember.
After the acts had performed, the winners were announced as Uttoxeter JNFU consisting of Johnathan Wilson, Jack Nash, Will Gallimore & Rob Mollatt with their brilliant comedy sketch based on a YFC version of the two Ronnies! Second place went to Eccleshall YFC with their unique “Human Puppet Show” sketch. Third place was Ashley YFC featuring Richard Mottershead and James Ford performing a hilarious farming comedy sketch.
The Club Display Competition was also held during the evening. Members created a display promoting their club in a space no larger than 1m2. The judges, Caroline Baker, NFYFC Events & Marketing Chairman and John Nimbley & Daniel Paddon from Stafford Landrover said
“It was a pleasure to judge the competition and the standard of entries was very high, proving a difficult job to judge.”
The final results were, 1st place Waterhouses YFC, with Ridware YFC 2nd and in 3rd place were Abbotsholme YFC.
Various cheques were also presented to members who had been successful in gaining a place on the NFYFC YFC Travel Programme. Staffordshire Young Farmers Ambassadors give help and support to all those applying on the programme and this year cheques were presented to Becky Fowell and Harriet Wilson who are travelling to Jamaica; Tom Taberner going on the European Rally and Elizabeth Prince going to USA. Also travelling this year are Tom Gardiner and Dom Bloxham who were both awarded places on the C Alma Baker trip to New Zealand. Last year’s travellers were also invited on stage to talk about their experiences.
The Leslie T Chester competition results were also presented for the best 500 word story using 15 specified words. First place went to Rebecca Cotton of Waterhouses YFC, second place to Meg Barnes of Leek YFC with Harriet Wilson from Eccleshall YFC coming third.
During the evening, a cheque for £11,000 was presented by Eunice Finney former chairman of The Staffordshire Rural Hub to Staffordshire YFC following the closure of the Staffordshire Rural Hub. The monies are ring fenced for grants to be awarded to Staffordshire YFC members, 26 or under, who are starting up a new enterprise or business.
The evening was a great start to this year’s Staffordshire County Show and gave everyone and opportunity to relax and enjoy a really varied night of entertainment. The purpose of the evening is for Staffordshire YFC to thank all those who support the Federation so well. The next two days are going to very busy for all YFC members across Staffordshire with the NFYFC Radio Live competition on this morning.
This afternoon Staffordshire YFC are attempting a Guinness World Record for the World’s largest Cup of Milkshake. Tug of War Competition being held tonight at 7.30pm and the Show Floats Competition being held tomorrow at 2.15pm both in the Main Ring.
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