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 Buckingham, Edgcott & Winslow, Aylesbury and Princes Risborough, 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: “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.
Of course the young farmer competitions are always a highlight of the day, and one which attracted lots of support was the bleep test.
About 30 young farmers were timed running backwards and forwards, with the speed increasing every few minutes. Buckingham YFC chairman Kate Dugher, who lives in Lenborough, was the last girl to drop out, getting past Level 8. She said: “I’ve done a couple of bleep tests before and I try to do them at the rally each year. But I’m the fittest I’eve ever been this year because I’m in the triathlon club at university in Nottingham.”
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.