Spectacular arrangements at Balmoral

Pictured are the 12-14 age category winners in the YFCU Floral Art Competition. From left-right: third place winner, Emily Harris from Killinchy YFC; YFCU President Roberta Simmons; first place winner, Christina McConnell from Holestone YFC; Sean Largey,  Commercial Manager from sponsor, Tesco NI and 2nd place winner, Cara Millar from Coleraine YFC.
Pictured are the 12-14 age category winners in the YFCU Floral Art Competition. From left-right: third place winner, Emily Harris from Killinchy YFC; YFCU President Roberta Simmons; first place winner, Christina McConnell from Holestone YFC; Sean Largey, Commercial Manager from sponsor, Tesco NI and 2nd place winner, Cara Millar from Coleraine YFC.

The finals of the YFCU 2015-2016 floral art competition, supported by Tesco, took place at Balmoral Show. Competitors put together a display with the theme of ‘Inspired By’.

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.

Pictured are the 25-30 age category winners in the YFCU Floral Art Competition. From left-right: second place winner, Joy Balance from Moneyrea YFC; YFCU President Roberta Simmons; first place winner, Sarah Thompson from Randalstown YFC; Sean Largey, Commercial Manager from sponsor, Tesco NI and third place winner Bev Henderson from Kesh YFC.

Pictured are the 25-30 age category winners in the YFCU Floral Art Competition. From left-right: second place winner, Joy Balance from Moneyrea YFC; YFCU President Roberta Simmons; first place winner, Sarah Thompson from Randalstown YFC; Sean Largey, Commercial Manager from sponsor, Tesco NI and third place winner Bev Henderson from Kesh YFC.

Over 400 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 Sean Largey, Commercial Manager, Tesco NI presented the awards to the winners.

Sean commented: “Tesco NI is delighted to sponsor the increasingly popular YFCU Floral Art competition. The quality of displays this year was truly amazing. Floral Art is one of four YFCU events we sponsor, and we’re really looking forward to the YFCU ‘built it’ event on June 8th which will take place in the car parks of our stores at Cookstown, Antrim, Limavady and Banbridge Extra.”

In the 12-14 age category, first place was awarded to Christina McConnell from Holestone YFC, second place was awarded to Cara Millar from Coleraine YFC and third place was awarded to Emily Harris from Killinchy YFC.

In the 14-16 age category, first place was awarded to Gillian Gourley from Ballywalter, second place was awarded to Suzanne Reid from Glarryford YFC and third place was awarded to Sarah Cunningham from Coleraine YFC.

In the 16-18 age category, first place was awarded to Claire Adams from Lisnamurrican YFC, second place was awarded to Katie Lemon from Ballywalter YFC and third place was awarded to Thomas Gordon from Kilrea YFC.

In the 18-21 age category, first place was awarded to Julie Young from Finvoy YFC, second place was awarded to Kerry Rea from Cappagh YFC and third place was awarded to Ruth Adams from Coleraine YFC.

In the 21-25 age category, first place was awarded to Ruth Steele from Straid YFC, second place was awarded to Heather Martin from Newtownards YFC and third place was awarded to Holly Vance from Trillick & District YFC.

In the 25-30 age category, first place was awarded to Sarah Thompson from Randalstown YFC, second place was awarded to Joy Balance from Moneyrea YFC, third place was awarded to Bev Henderson from Kesh YFC and fourth place was awarded to Stuart Mills from Moneymore 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 Tesco NI for supporting the event.