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Big challenge for Norfolk young farmers

PUBLISHED: 09:09 17 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:02 22 October 2010

There is no doubt about it - competitions play an important part of life for members of Norfolk Young Farmers.

In recent weeks they have had plenty of activities in which to take part in, and, with the rally fast approaching, there's a busy time ahead too.

There is no doubt about it - competitions play an important part of life for members of Norfolk Young Farmers.

In recent weeks they have had plenty of activities in which to take part in, and, with the rally fast approaching, there's a busy time ahead too.

Norfolk members travelled to Cambridgeshire for the Eastern area summer competitions day.

Members from Harleston were third for fence erecting, while the men's tug-of-war team, made up of Dereham members, came fourth. The highest-placed team of the day was the ladies' tug-of-war team (members from Dereham and Harleston), who narrowly missed out on a place in the national finals at the Royal Show as runners-up.

Well done to all those who took part, and a thank you to all those who supported the competitors.

Results of the Norfolk Summer competitions day at Easton College Open Day were:

Senior bricklaying - 1 Jamie Bidewell, North Elmham, 2 Sophie Cowley, Loddon, 3 Tim Austin, Dereham.

Countrysider Bricklaying - 1 Wym-ondham, 2 North Elmham, 3 Harleston.

Countrysider Mixed Doubles Tennis Tournament - 1 Acle, 2 Harleston, 3 Wymondham and North Elmham.

Make a Live Scarecrow - seniors 1 Loddon, 2 Dereham, 3 Attleborough.

PlayStation game - 1 Daniel Peck, Harleston.

Many thanks to all judges and clubs who stewarded these events.

Don't forget that there are also competitions at the Royal Norfolk Show.

On Wednesday, June 28, members can take part in Art Attack with a Norfolk Show theme and bin-bag fashion on the theme A Day at the Races.

For more information contact the county office on 01603 731307.

On the second day of the show, more than 40 members will be competing in the highly competitive stockjudging classes, which is also an eastern area event. Do remember to bring your white coats and membership cards and please be prompt, as the event starts at 9.30am.

Keeping on the show theme, this year clubs are making exhibits of animal sculptures made from recyclable objects.

It is hoped that all clubs have an animal as their club logo, and in a couple of weeks' time these logos will be brought to life!

To make sure that the Norfolk YFC stand is set up in time, please can all clubs make sure that the sculpture and main parts of their stand arrive at the showground no later than 4pm on Sunday, June 25?

If you have any queries about the stand contact the YFC show chairman, Will Patrick, on 07810 554363.

Rally entries should now all have reached the county office, but due to unforeseen circumstances, pig stock-judging has unfortunately been cancelled. The county office will update clubs if any other classes are altered or cancelled, so watch this space.

The rally is the highlight of the YFC competitions year and also the biggest one-day competitions event.

This year it takes place on July 9, with the rally social on July 15 at county chairman David Daniels's farm at Stanfield.

This is the same day as the Lord Mayor's Procession in Norwich, in which Norfolk YFC will be entering a float. The theme this year is Simply Science. It would be great to see as many Norfolk YFC members there as possible.

There is no social event tonight, but next Saturday Norwich YFC has a Beach Bonanza at the Poultec Centre, Mattishall. The night kicks off at 8pm and finishes late. Admission is £5 for members, £6 non-members. Don't forget your flip-flops and suncream!


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