National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

05 May 2010

Countryfest at Herefordshire's 66th county rally

Herefordshire YFC's county rally is at Arkstone Court, Kingstone, Hereford, on Saturday 22 May.

The event will showcase traditional skills and fun competitions during a packed programme of entertainment for members of the 18 Young Farmers' Clubs in Herefordshire.

This year's NFYFC competition theme is My Home County, and the rally competitors  will be exhibiting work reflecting the beauty of Herefordshire. The main exhibit will depict country pursuits but it's party time for the cake decorators, who will be challenged with making a top tier of a wedding cake for the seniors and a child's birthday party for the juniors.

Amongst the 52 different classes which count towards the coveted Rally Shield, there will be hand-crafted metal sculptures, wooden dog kennels, water colour painting, photography, clay pots and clocks for the farmhouse kitchen, puppets, cushion covers and floral arts.

There will be non-stop entertainment on the stage with the YFC talent and dressing-up competitions as well as the popular sheep shearing and sheep stockjudging classes. New this year is the Club Haka to be judged by an overseas visitor from New Zealand.

The tug-of-war competitions will be held in the afternoon and the prize-giving is expected to take place at around 5.30pm. Winning competitors will be invited to compete at the Three Counties Show in June, as well as area and national finals. The rally dance will start at 9pm.

Gates open at 9am. Admission during the day is £5 adults, £3 10-16-year-olds, children under 10 free. Admission to the rally dance is £5 tickets purchased during the daytime, £8 with membership card, £10 without membership card.

For full details about the county rally visit or contact the county office on 01432 274187.

04 May 2010


YFC members bring the countryside to townfolk

Pictured left, Worth Valley YFC members at the 2009 Food and Farming exhibition and, right, a visitor to the exhibition learns to milk Daisy Duke, the Worth Valley YFC cow

Worth Valley Young Farmers' Club is holding its Local Food and Farming exhibition on 8 and 9 May and has sent out 12,000 free tickets to schools to encourage children to come along.

The exhibition, at the Bronte Vintage Gathering on Haworth Road, Cullingworth, will take vistors on a journey from field to fork to illustrate where food comes from and encourage them to buy local produce.

A variety of livestock will be on show, visitors will be given vegetable plants to grow themselves and will be able to milk Daisy Duke, the club’s own cow. A butchery demonstration will be given by the head butcher at Keelham Hall Farm Shop who will also be helping children to make their own sausages with Mr Sausage the mascot.

A cookery demonstration will be provided by some of the club’s members as part of the Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food Bradford Pass It On project.

During the weekend YFC members will be compiling databases of people who produce, sell, serve and want to eat local food. This information will be fed into a local food one-stop shop website run by South Pennine Prospects, which supports the event through its Leader Fund. Keighley Area Committee is also supporting the event.

Chairwoman of the club’s local food working party Sophie Ogden explained why members of Worth Valley and other local YFCs are putting on the event. “Even though most of our members are not from farming families they are passionate about educating young people about where their food comes from, especially local food.

"Supporting local food networks is hugely important for the local economy, environmentally and for community cohesion and we hope that lots of people come along for a fun and enlightening day out in the countryside.”

The YFC activities over the weekend are being filmed for broadcast on ITV Calendar as part of ITV fixers, a project which champions groups of young people who see an issue which concerns them and get stuck into addressing it.


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