Young farmers show is a delight

AN estimated 16,000 people gathered in glorious sunshine to enjoy the 2004 Essex Young Farmers Country Show.Organisers were delighted at the popularity of yesterday'sevent, which was held at Gardeners Farm in Springfield, Chelmsford.

AN estimated 16,000 people gathered in glorious sunshine to enjoy the 2004 Essex Young Farmers Country Show.

Organisers were delighted at the popularity of yesterday'sevent, which was held at Gardeners Farm in Springfield, Chelmsford.

The show featured a number of attractions, including a traditional fairground, numerous craft stalls and trade stands and the delights of a well-stocked food hall and farmers' market.

This year the food hall was extended to accommodate demand for more pitches, while the range of stalls in the farmers' market was expanded to include herbs and organic flour.


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In the rings, Micheal Davie gave a stunning falconry display with his Harris Hawk and Eagle Owl while Gus Dermody and his sheepdogs herded a range of animals, including ducks and geese.

Moto-Stunts International also entertained the crowds with dazzling high speed formations on both quads and motorcycles, including some spectacular fire stunts.

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The ever popular forestry area provided both traditional and modern forestry demonstrations, including an axe display.

Meanwhile the game fair area had fishing and gun dog scurry demonstrations, also giving visitors the chance to have a go at shooting laser clays and fly fishing.

Animals also featured strongly at the show. The livestock area included competitive pig, sheep and beef classes as well as exhibits of smaller and rarer animals from bees to rabbits and turkeys. Competitive heavy horse classes also took place with competitors coming from a far a field as Yorkshire.

One of the highlights of the day was the Young Farmers' Tug of War competition.

This year in the "boy's" contest, Colchester Young Farmers' Club (YFC) were victorious, followed closely by Southminster YFC, Chelmsford YFC and Maldon YFC.

In the "girl's" contest, Halstead YFC won, followed by Chelmsford YFC, Colchester YFC and Wix YFC.

The results mean that Halstead and Colchester will go through to represent Essex at the forthcoming Eastern Area Young Farmers' Tug of War Competition.

Speaking after the event, County Development Officer, Hannah Padfield, said: "Everything went really well. The sunshine beat the clouds and we've had a fantastic day.

"So many people came the cars had to park tightly and there was some congestion getting in – we would just like to thank everyone for their patience."

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