Flat out fun for Suffolk Young Farmers

Suffolk Young Farmers members at AGM on the fancy dress night.

Suffolk Young Farmers members at AGM on the fancy dress night. - Credit: Archant

We are forever writing how busy we have been here at Suffolk YFC, but last month was somewhat different, we were absolutely, flat out! writes Angharad Bendall.

To start, we had our busiest ever clay shoot, with record numbers coming through. Our Country Fair, held at Easton Farm Park, shortly followed this. This was another brilliant day, where every club in Suffolk contributed towards the running of it. This would not have happened without all the volunteers who helped. We received really positive feedback from the horse and dog show. In the main ring, we had farm machinery displays including a Class Xerion, Quadtrac, Sprayer and a finale of a combine emptying its load into a trailer. We hope that these displays are not only exciting to see, but give viewers an insight into farming, and the machinery used. Of course, children very much enjoyed sitting in the machinery, as well as the helicopter the Army Reserves brought with them. Whilst on the subject of the Army, we were thrilled that the Hadleigh YFC team beat them at Tug of War! Well done all!

This week will probably be a quieter one for our senior members, who will be recovering after attending the National YFC AGM in Torquay. This is always a highlight in the social calendar, with three nights of partying with over 5,000 young farmers from across the country. It certainly looks like those who went had a fantastic time!

Looking ahead, we move on into Show Season. This year we will make appearances at the South Suffolk Show, the Hadleigh Show, as well as the Suffolk Show. There are many ideas buzzing around for show stands, but I can’t say I’m going to build another life-size asparagus tractor. Although it looked great, creating it got a little traumatic in the torrential rain last year. Instead, join us to have a go at a digger challenge, see the spectacle of a sugar beet harvester, a bale sculpture and have some fun taking your best milk-tash selfie on our straw sofa! As well as this, you can view our floral competition entries in the flower show; find us competing in Tug of War in the Presidents Ring, and also taking part in the Charlotte Cobbald Stock judging competition. And just in case you miss any of that, our mascot Supermoo has been limbering up ready for the mascot race!

After all of this, I’ll have one little job left on my to-do list as County Chair. This is organising our 55th Annual Ball, to be held at Trinity Park, on Saturday, July 4. It would be great to see ex-members there, Friends of Young Farmers, as well as our current crowd.

Do get in touch with the office for more details 01473 785547.