Competition blooms in YFCU Floral Art Final

Pictured are the 12-14 category, 1st place Caroline Barr, Garvagh YFC, Danielle Foster, Randalstown YFC and Connor Woods, Annaclone & Magherally YFC with their awards presented by Tescos, Caoimhe Mannion, Marketing Manager Tesco NI, and Roberta Simmons, YFCU President

Pictured are the 12-14 category, 1st place Caroline Barr, Garvagh YFC, Danielle Foster, Randalstown YFC and Connor Woods, Annaclone & Magherally YFC with their awards presented by Tescos, Caoimhe Mannion, Marketing Manager Tesco NI, and Roberta Simmons, YFCU President

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The finals of the YFCU 2014-2015 floral art competition, supported by Tesco, took place at the Balmoral Show on Thursday morning. Competitors put together a display to depict the theme of “Pleasurable Pursuits”.

Under the watchful eye of judge, Alan Beattie competitors showed off their creativity and flair as they delicately placed flowers, foliage and other accessories to craft stunning arrangements.

Rebecca Brunt, Lisbellaw YFC, 1st place in the 18-21 category concentrating on her piece portraying the theme for this year 'pleasurable pursuits

Rebecca Brunt, Lisbellaw YFC, 1st place in the 18-21 category concentrating on her piece portraying the theme for this year 'pleasurable pursuits

Over 330 competitors had taken part in the floral art heats and it was a remarkable achievement for the finalists to showcase their artistic ability at the premiere agricultural event.

YFCU President, Roberta Simmons, was on hand to announce those that placed and Caoimhe Mannion, Marketing Manager Tesco NI, presented the awards to the winners. In the 12-14 years category 1st place was awarded to Caroline Barr, Garvagh YFC, 2nd place to Danielle Foster, Randalstown YFC, and 3rd place to Connor Woods, Annaclone & Magherally YFC.

In the 14-16 years category Claire Adams, Lisnamurrican YFC, took home the winning prize. In 2nd place was Maxine Smith, Coleraine YFC and in 3rd Gillian Carley, Ballywalter YFC.

The 16-18 years category saw Cathy Reid, Glarryford YFC take 1st place, Ruth Adams, Coleraine YFC 2nd place and in 3rd place Julie Ann Giles, Seskinore YFC.

First place in the 18-21 years category went to Rebecca Brunt, Lisbellaw YFC, Alexandra Deans, Coleraine YFC in 2nd place and in 3rd place Lauren Gordon, Lisnamurrican YFC.

The final and advanced 21-25 years category saw 1st place awarded to Sarah Thompson, Randalstown YFC and in 2nd place Janet Lyons, Spa YFC.

The floral arrangements were then exhibited at the garden village for the duration of the show. The Association would like to take this opportunity to thank Alan Beattie for judging the competition and Caoimhe Mannion from Tesco for supporting the event.