The Staffordshire County Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (SCFYFC) County Rally is being held on Saturday, 13th May at The Hollies Farm, Woodseaves by kind permission of Sandra and Roy Hockenhull. The day is the highlight of the competitions calendar for SCFYFC, with over 40 competition classes taking place including Mocktail Making, Photography, Showstopper Cakes, Wildlife Quiz and a Total Wipe Out Challenge in the Main Ring during the afternoon. Farm Safety skills will also be put to the test with the Tractor Handling and Telehandler Competition.
In the evening there will be a Hog Roast, Licensed Bar and Tug Of War Competitions including the NFYFC Mixed Junior Competition, which sees the two winning teams take on the teams from across the West Midlands Area of YFC in July. The day was kindly sponsored by over 55 local companies and supporting organisations, with the main sponsors being IAE, Malcolm Harrison and Johnsons of Cheadle.
Spokesperson for main sponsors IAE, manufacturers of livestock handling and housing equipment, equestrian stabling, steel fencing and shelters said ‘We are thrilled to be supporting the Staffordshire YFC Annual Rally and are very much looking forward to attending the event on the day. Both in and out of the workplace, we recognise that young people are the future of our industry and therefore we have chosen to support the Rally because it is an excellent opportunity for young people to come together and participate in a variety of competitions whilst having fun.’
The Rally Day brings together the rural community of Staffordshire and could not run so well without the support of the judges, stewards and catering committee. Over 100 volunteers will be helping out behind the scenes to ensure that the day runs so smoothly – made up of county officers, vice presidents, supporters and members of Staffordshire YFC.
Spokesperson for main sponsor and local machinery and tractor dealer, Johnsons of Cheadle said “We are proud to sponsor Staffordshire YFC’s 2023 Rally. We sponsor the Young Farmers Clubs to show our appreciation for the support they’ve given to us and we see this as helping the future of agriculture.”
After the final pulls of the Tug of War in the evening, there will be a Presentation of Awards for the silverware which includes the Sports Cup, Tug of War Shield, Rose Bowl and Overall Rally Competitions. There will also be an award for the Most Improved Club, gaining the most points accumulated compared to the previous year, to encouraged members and clubs to build on their successes for the future.
Malcolm Harrison, family-owned Commercial Vehicles & Plant trading company are the third main sponsor of the Annual Rally. Their spokesperson said “The Annual Rally Day for Staffordshire YFC is a fantastic display of talent and skill from rural young people and we are very proud to support them.”
The federation currently has over 645 members aged 10 – 28 years, across ten busy active clubs. YFC Members across Staffordshire are now busy preparing by making their many exhibits for the static classes at the Rally as well as training for the Tug of War Competitions. In addition to this, Show Float Building is also a weekly activity at the moment with clubs building their masterpieces in readiness for the Show Float Competition at this year’s County Show.
For full details about this years Annual Rally including timetables and rules, please click here.