Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Young Farmers

Warning, this post is a bit photo heavy, I think you'll agree it's worth it though!

This weekend I was at Shropshire show. We had a stall right by the main ring so I got to see lots of interesting things. The stars of the show were definitely the Shropshire Young Farmers Clubs. They not only did tractor pulling races, but also provided my highlight of the day. Young people often get a lot of bad press, but hearing what this lot had been up to, and the amount of money raised for charity was really inspiring. Each area cub had to build a float based around a TV show theme, and I think you'll agree that what they made was amazing. What you can't see in these pictures is that most of them had moving parts, and some had some machines. 

Only Fools and Horses, complete with a fake chandelier, and a moving Reliant Robin.

A slightly tilted (no idea what happened here!) Dad's Army

Thomas the Tank Engine

Fireman Sam

Wallace and Gromit

Thunderbirds, complete with FAB1 and moving rockets

Postman Pat

Strictly Come Dancing, with moving trombone players, and a working glitter ball

Dr Who, with a shaking Tardis and smoke

The winner though, was The Magic Roundabout. Not only was the painting and woodwork exquisite, they also had a rotating roundabout, and a bouncing Zebedee!

At the show I was also interviewed by Radio Shropshire, you can listen to it here for a couple more days. It's from about 57 minutes in. 

If you're in the UK and fancy getting out and about during half term week, I'll be spinning at Machynlleth market next week (unless the weather is appalling). It's a lovely part of the world, just up the road from where Spring Watch is being filmed. It's also right by the Dyfi Osprey Project, where the eggs are just hatching, it would be lovely to say hi to some of you.