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Eccleshall Young Farmers will ‘brave the shave’ at their ‘Speed Sheep Shear’ this year not only shearing sheep, but this year their own hair will come off for charity!

The local club has teamed up with The Kings Arms’ new landlady Ally Heath, to hold their second speed sheep shearing competition. This will be combined with a beer festival that the pub will be holding the same evening, on Saturday 6th August.

“Last year we held our Speed Shear for the first time, it was the first of its kind in this area, and it was a huge success”

says Charlotte Atkin, Eccleshall Young Farmers chairman.

“We were overwhelmed by the attendance of shearers, some who had travelled huge distances, and the support from spectators with over 350 people!”

Speed sheep shearing competitions require competitors to shear just one sheep in the fastest time, where the fastest three shearers in each class go through to a final. Whilst many agricultural shows host sheep shearing competitions, such as The Staffordshire County Show, pub speed shears are growing in popularity across the country and bring a fun, social environment with them.

There will be exciting editions to this year’s event including the local band Stone Cold Sober..ish and a team event called ‘Pint, Pie, Pedal & Peel’ which includes pedalling a bike to power a sheep shearing machine. Furthermore two local young farmers, Simon Baskerville and Dave Benbow, will be ‘braving the shave’ as organisers shave their hair off to raise funds for Katherine House. All other money raised from the night will be donated to the Midlands Air Ambulance. Last year’s event raised £1,400 for charity.

“We are pleased to support Eccleshall Young Farmers, and we are really looking forward to working together on this event. I think it will be a huge success and they are raising money for a worthy cause.”

Says Ally Heath, Landlady of The Kings Arms

Organisers are expecting sheep shearing competitors from southern parts of Wales and northern parts of Scotland, who will be fighting it out for a total prize money fund of £1,345. This event has been generously sponsored by companies such as the ABP Food Group, Shires Vets, Dunbia, C&R Livestock Hauliers, NFU, Mole Valley Farmers and Livestock Management Systems just to name a few.

“This really is going to be a night to remember” says Charlotte “Spectators will be able to cheer on some of the country’s fastest sheep shearers, whilst sipping on some of the finest ales the Kings Arms has to offer and dancing the night away.”

The evening begins at 6.30pm, where there will be an outside bar, BBQ and live music from local band ‘Stone Cold Sober-ish’ for guests to enjoy.

For further information about the event; visit the Eccleshall Young Farmers Facebook page.