Busy summer for Co Tyrone YFC

Hostess competition, left right: Roberta Simmons, YFCU president, Naomi McCrea, Lauren Vance, Holly Vance, Lucinda Sproule, and Jennifer Hawkes, Omagh Show committee
Hostess competition, left right: Roberta Simmons, YFCU president, Naomi McCrea, Lauren Vance, Holly Vance, Lucinda Sproule, and Jennifer Hawkes, Omagh Show committee

The summer is over and Co Tyrone Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster have had a busy summer of 2015. Including county events and roaming around the country.

To start off this year’s summer there was the annual Ken Russell Rosebowl, held in Newtownstewart.

Peter Smith, county chairperson, with members of the public with the rabbits Ant and Dec

Peter Smith, county chairperson, with members of the public with the rabbits Ant and Dec

This including the following clubs: Cappagh YFC, Derg Valley YFC, Seskinore YFC and Trillick and District YFC who all presented a twenty minute play.

From waxing legs to killing chickens, the night was a success and was widely represented by the public.

Trillick and District YFC were awarded with the Ken Russell Rosebowl and cub member Mark Gibson won the senior actor award.

Other awards presented included: Hannah Hawkes, Derg Valley YFC, who won the senior actress award, Glenn Sproule, Derg Valley YFC, who won the junior actor award, Ellla Hawkes, Cappagh YFC, who won the junior actress award, Scott Sawyers, Seskinore YFC, was awarded the best memorial moment and finally Seskinore YFC won the best scenery award.

Four County Tyrone officials with Miss Tyrone sponsor Desmond Murray. Left to right are Lauren Vance, PRO, Peter Smith, chairperson, Desmond Murray, sponsor, Gareth Hamilton, treasurer, and Emma Baxter, secretary

Four County Tyrone officials with Miss Tyrone sponsor Desmond Murray. Left to right are Lauren Vance, PRO, Peter Smith, chairperson, Desmond Murray, sponsor, Gareth Hamilton, treasurer, and Emma Baxter, secretary

Tyrone club members took part in many Northern Ireland competitions over all the country including girls football, Build It Competition, sheep and beef stocking judging heats, the John Bradley Challenge, stock judging finals, tag rugby heats and finals.

Omagh Show this year was held on Friday 3rd July and Saturday 4th.

Between the two days Tyrone members competed in Omagh Show competitions such as sheep racing and the donkey derby.

Tyrone members also had their own run competitions, some for the public and others for members only, this included a pizza eating competition, which was kindly sponsored by 9th Avenue Pizzeria, the hostess competition, flower arranging, tug of war competition, photographic competition, poster competition and a farm safety quiz.

The Tyrone young farmers all came together to prepare the stand and attract new members for every club in the county.

This year the stand had two rabbits called Ant and Dec, that people had the guess the name of them, as well as the 50p barrel game, where an individual dropped 50p into a glass in the barrel for a chance to win £5.

Omagh Show was a great success for all the YFCU clubs.

On Sunday 12th July County Tyrone received five exchangees who stayed with different members throughout the week.

It was a fun filled week as the exchangees headed to Fintona 12th, Rossnowlagh beach, the cinema, the Ulster American Folk Park, county knockout, Londonderry for some sightseeing, the marble arch caves, went shopping ,went out to the Birches and attended the Lisnamurrican YFC barbecue with Derek Ryan.