YFC Show Floats bring out the sunshine for memorable Days in History!
Staffordshire Young Farmers Clubs (YFC) take the main ring at the County Show by storm again this year, on Thursday 1st June. They held their annual Young Farmers’ Show Float Competition with the theme this year being “A Day in History”, which meant for plenty of construction, colour and fun on each float as they created some of the well-remembered events from years gone by including World Cup 1966 and The Sinking of the Titanic. The sponsor of the competition, BD Fuels of Hixon and Staffordshire YFC President, George Hawley kindly judged the floats, before and during their journey into the main ring of the County Showground. This prestigious competition, the highlight of the YFC calendar and one of the most popular ran by Staffordshire Young Farmers, draws the largest crowd to the main ring when the floats, which have been worked on for many months, take to the parade led by a tractor on loan from Johnsons of Cheadle.
The Overall Float Competition was won by Chase YFC who recreated “ABBA winning the Eurovision” which included a revolving stage, great costumes and an amphitheatre. Second place was awarded to Abbotsholme YFC who’s float re-created “The Great Fire of London”. As the only school club in Staffordshire, the members were able to show off their singing skills with a medley of “fire related” tunes and their float had some fantastic artwork depicting the historical event. Leek YFC took third place with their float depicting “Olympics 2012 and Super Saturday” which was covered in famous sports and sport persons as well as a London Eye. Fourth place was awarded to Waterhouses YFC who had a moving Spitfire and their costumes were very in keeping with the theme of “VE Day!”
Lichfield YFC were awarded the Best Name Board Shield for their well-designed sign for their Float, which depicted Christmas Day. The 2nd placed Best Name Board was awarded to Ashley YFC who had a brightly painted board as part of their “Millennium” Float and then 3rd place was awarded to Leek YFC who’s name board displayed the Olympic rings as part of their “Olympics 2012 Super Saturday” float. This part of the competition was judged by Mr & Mrs T Williams, Vice Chairman and Mr & Mrs G Roobottom, Vice President of the Staffordshire & Birmingham Agricultural Society.
Members on the Show Floats from ten clubs entertained the huge crowds and judges as they circled the Main Ring. Staffordshire YFC thoroughly enjoy providing this entertainment to the general public and raising their profile, as a rural youth organisation which is all about fun, teamwork, learning and opportunities for anyone aged 10 to 28 years. They also enjoyed a great water fight at the end, which is the most favourite part for many members. After a very cold day at yesterday’s Show, the afternoon of sunshine worked out very well and members were able to cool off and have fun.
Staffordshire YFC has had an amazing two days at this year’s County Show. They have been promoting the opportunities that are offer to members and showcasing what their organisation is all about. The marquee and tea rooms have been full with visitors over the two days. Members from all clubs have had the opportunity to meet potential new members as well as chatting to former members who have enjoyed reminiscing with displays of past and present photos on display.
County Chairman Emily Cartmail commented that “We have had a great couple of days here at the County Show. It’s great to see YFC members enjoying themselves and taking part in so many competitions. Grateful thanks to all the supporters and helpers who volunteer over the two days and especially those involved directly in our Show Float Competition. It was great to see us draw such crowds around the main ring and in the grandstand.”
Pictures from the Show Float Competition can be found HERE
Results Sheet can be downloaded HERE