Yet again our county’s intrepid young farmers provided a brilliant day of entertainment, fun and expertese as they showcased the best of the countryside at their annual rally.
Their wacky competitions included bale stacking whilst sitting on the shoulders of another young farmer, decorating wellie boots with feathers and sequins and racing in bath tubs.
But they also proved their talent in very impressive cookery and handicaraft competitions, stock judging, gun handling, machinery challenges and the legendary tug of war competition.
Held this year in the north of the county, all the Buckinghamshire clubs, including Aylesbury, Princes Risborough, Edgcott & Winslow and Buckingham, took part in the competitions on Saturday.
Newport Pagnell played host this year, at Spinny Lodge Farm in Hanslope, home of Charles Payne and his family.
Show committee member Anne Duncombe said: “The show committee is made up of ex young farmers and the current club committee. We have been working for a year, we start really as soon as the previous year’s rally is finished. The first thing is to find someone willing to host the show and Charles is an ex Newport Pagnell young farmer.”
All the committee give freely of their time to organsie the show even though most of them are fully employed in farming and other occupations, and all the judges and stewards on the day are also ex YFC or local experts, also giving freely of their time.
Ms Duncombe said: “It worked really well. We managed to keep the main ring and attractions close together and the car park near to the ring so that people didn’t have too far to walk.
“We were keen to have attractions for the general public to enjoy apart from the young farmer competitions, which are fun to watch. We worked very hard to bring in lots of stalls, the farmers market and main ring attractions.”
All this hard work paid off as the crowds enjoyed a wide variety of food and crafts on offer as well as enjoying the main ring attractions which included David Seamark and his sheepdogs rounding up sheep and geese.
The grand finale saw the traditional tug of war with host club Newport Pagnell winning the men’scompetition; Aylesbury won the ladies; and Newport’s junior team won the junior section. Overall the club that won the whole rally was Newport Pagnell, with Edgcott & Winslow second and Aylesbury third. Next year the rally and country show will be held at Waddesdon, hosted by Aylesbury.