National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

17 August 2020

A homemade hamper for a key worker, a dog performing some clever tricks and a photo collage of a virtual competitions week, were all voted as the winning entries during NFYFC’s last Challenge Finals Day in August.

The event on Facebook and Instagram reached more than 60,000 people as members, family and friends voted on their favourite finalists for the Pet, Hamper and Flashback Challenges.

A hamper including a homemade gingered beef and vegetable pie and a fruity milkshake using homegrown produce received the most votes and its creator Lizzie Smallwood from Beacon YFC was delighted.

“Winning the hamper challenge was an amazing feeling. However, I did really enjoy the lead up to winning with friends and family from the YFC community liking, sharing and commenting on the post throughout the day. Even though we’re not all with each other at the moment it really did show the team spirt of the Club and County which is why I love YFC so much,” said Lizzie who gave her hamper to a family friend who works at the local hospital.

The hamper was constructed over a couple of evenings (around Zoom calls and quizzes) – with scones and cakes being baked one evening and the pie and milkshake created the next. 

“I enjoy cooking and baking but unfortunately, I don’t always have as much time as I would like to enjoy cooking,” added Lizzie. “Although after the YFC Ready Steady Cook challenge it inspired me to make time and get my apron on a bit more!”

For Max Powell, from Builth Wells YFC, the preparation for winning the YFC Pet Challenge had been ongoing for 11 months. Since his dog Hunter was born 11 months ago, Max has been teaching him tricks.

Max, who was “stoked” to win the challenge, said: “Hunter loves learning tricks so it’s not hard, he’s very intelligent. We were planning on taking him to lots of local shows this year but because of the Coronavirus they have all been cancelled. Hopefully next year I can take him and I will teach him some more tricks over the summer.”

Rounding off the challenge finalists was Becky Blanchard’s collage of images entry for the Flashback Challenge. The graphic included the winning entries from Cornwall FYFC’s Virtual Competitions Week, which was hosted in May.

“We had over 120 entries, from decorating a cake for our key workers, to a selfie with your pet, to beef stockjuding,” said Becky who is the General-Purpose Chairman of Cornwall FYFC. “The virtual event was a huge success and with our social media posts reaching more than 31,000 people, we were able to showcase some of the amazing work YFC do.”

Winning the national Flashback Challenge was an extra boost for Becky during a challenging few months. 

“Winning this competition was the icing on the cake and highlights what we achieved over lockdown when the events we loved got cancelled. Thank you to everyone who took part and voted.” 


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