Tessa was delighted to be asked to present the 80th Anniversary Show & Sale prizes at a packed gathering at The George Hotel in Wedmore.
This hugely successful event included a show of beef, dairy, sheep, pigs, poultry, handicrafts and much more besides. Church Street was closed to traffic in anticipation of the crowds, and to mark the 80th milestone, the Nat West Bank Chambers were used to host a special exhibition of Wedmore Young Farmers’ history, with an interesting display of photographs from across the 80 years of shows.
(Very) Young Farmer, Grace Willcox, won first prize for the Non-Member Stockjudging in the Yard competition.
James Hole stole the show – his last event as a Young Farmer – scooping Champion Dairy Heifer, Dairy Heifer Leading & Grooming, Champion Bird (with one of his chickens), Overall Joint Winner of the Best Kept Record Book (with Hannah Lukins), Senior Male – Best Sports Day Personality, and the Best All Round Member prize, awarded at the Dinner in the evening.
Louise Seymour, Wedmore YFC Advisory Chairman said:
“Wedmore Young Farmers and all the associate helpers should be extremely proud of what they achieved on Saturday. It was a brilliant day with as big a crowd as I have ever seen at the show before.
Tessa Munt, our local MP, kindly supported us by presenting the prizes at our Afternoon Presentation. The dinner in the evening was a triumph with guests including ex members from the past decades and supporters from across the Somerset Federation of YFC.
An incredible event to celebrate our vibrant rural youth, our community, farming and food.
“I rarely miss this fantastic annual event and I was honoured to be invited to present the Show’s prizes in this special year for the Young Farmers.”
“The livestock Show & Sale, dinner and dance grow in popularity every year attracting people from all walks of life, not just those from the farming community.”
“As well as being great fun and showcasing the unbeatable produce Somerset has to offer, events like these play an important role in keeping people connected to the food that we eat and the people who dedicate their lives to managing our countryside whilst rearing prime quality, natural foods for us to enjoy.”
“I’d like to pay tribute to those who work hard behind the scenes, including the many Not-So-Young Farmers, who make this event the success it is and I congratulate everyone who took the time to enter the many and varied competitions.”