Saturday, 19 June 2021

Young farmers get stuck in at show

MORE than 1,500 people attended the Oxfordshire Young Farmers? Club?s annual rally and family fun day at the Fawley Hill estate

MORE than 1,500 people attended the Oxfordshire Young Farmers? Club?s annual rally and family fun day at the Fawley Hill estate.

The event, which raised £10,000 for the organisation, included fairground rides, food, drink and trade stalls and more than a dozen displays in two arenas.

It was organised by Henley Young Farmers? Club, one of six in Oxfordshire.

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The rally opened with a 20-minute show by the North Berkshire Motorcycle Club, whose members drove over logs, a skip and a parked car.

The clubs competed in a tug o? war tournament and Henley won in the senior age group so will go on to compete in the Young Farmers? regional championships.

There were two tractor parades in the main arena, one featuring vintage vehicles and the other showcasing their modern equivalents. The former also included steam engines and several vintage cars and Land Rovers.

Four clubs took part in a float parade with a theme of famous families. The Henley club?s entry was based on the Trotter family from Only Fools and Horses and included a full-size replica of Del Boy?s yellow Reliant Robin. It was placed third.

There were also displays of brick laying, car handling and pallet recycling as well as a ?car cramming? competition in which about 15 members of the Witney club tried to squeeze themselves into an old Vauxhall Vectra.

There was a bar in the main marquee, which was decorated with themed scarecrows including Usain Bolt, Roald Dahl?s Fantastic Mr Fox and a robot made from recycled plastic buckets and tin cans.

Henley singer Naomi Vallance performed folk songs outside the tent with a ukulele band at lunchtime.

Sir William and Lady McAlpine, who own the estate, ran their steam railway throughout the day.

Guy Champion, the chairman of Henley Young Farmers, said: ?The day went really well. More than 200 members from across the county turned up to compete and to help us run the day.

?Everyone was happy and enjoyed themselves and the rain held off.

?Our visitors appreciated the low entry price because we understand how expensive it is to have a family day out.

?There was a big variety of things to see and do and we tried to keep everything as local as possible. This is a good way to get all the clubs together ? the organisation has been a bit stressful but that?s all part of the fun.

?Fawley Hill was a great venue and we?re very grateful to Sir William and Lady McAlpine.

?Henley didn?t win many of the competitions because we?re quite a small club and the other clubs have more people who can take part.

?However, we had a lot of enquiries afterwards so hopefully it will have attracted a few more members.?

Sir William said: ?I was there the whole time and thought it was an excellent day. It was exceptionally well organised and I?m pleased to say they left the grounds very tidy afterwards.?

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