Clubs battle for bragging rights at Norfolk Young Farmers’ annual rally day

Young Farmers Rally 2018 - egg catching. Picture: Matt Olley Photography

Young Farmers Rally 2018 - egg catching. Picture: Matt Olley Photography

Matt Olley Photography

Club rivalries in everything from tractor-driving to egg-catching were played out in the sunshine at Norfolk Young Farmers’ annual competitions day, says Rally chairman TOM BAKER, of Diss YFC.

Young Farmers Rally 2018 - the bale toss. Picture: Matt Olley PhotographyYoung Farmers Rally 2018 - the bale toss. Picture: Matt Olley Photography

The biggest competitions day in the YFC calendar – The Rally – was held in glorious sunshine at the Norfolk Showground.

There were a few additions to the competitions this year, which included the likes of a crocheted toilet roll holder and an animal sculpture made out of carrier bags in the exhibits section – although the hot weather made the judging of the jelly sculptures a little tricky.

Alongside the fun competitions there was mechanical fault-finding, tractor driving, a lambing quiz and crop identification.

There were the usual favourites too, with cookery and flower-arranging providing plenty for the spectators as well as the ever popular “On The Stage” action which hosted Mr and Miss Norfolk once again, and a hilarious cheerleading competition before the pairs’ blindfolded yoghurt-eating competition got underway.

Young Farmers Rally 2018 - Tom Baker. Picture: Matt Olley PhotographyYoung Farmers Rally 2018 - Tom Baker. Picture: Matt Olley Photography

Once we got onto the sports in the afternoon the highlights were the obstacle races, which certainly provided plenty of opportunity for team support, followed by the ever-popular tug-of-war.

Due to the earlier-than-usual start to harvest this year, we must acknowledge the members who found time to help set up and compete.

With the support of our county chair Lucy, the fantastic team in County Office, and all the family, friends and ex-members who gave their time to be judges and stewards for the many competitions, we have put on yet another fabulous event.

For the senior clubs, the final results were announced at The Rally Social which was kindly hosted by the King Family in Necton. Congratulations go to Wymondham YFC and a big well done to all the seniors for making The Rally such a success.

A huge thank you must also go to the parents, guardians and voluntary club leaders of our junior clubs, the Countrysiders for supporting and getting the young members to their competitions. Well done to all Countrysiders for all of your efforts, with congratulations to Harleston Countrysiders for their win.

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