Good crop of fun for farmers’ rally

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FAMILIES are invited to join county farmers at the weekend for an action-packed day of fun and country pursuits.

The Northants Young Farmers’ Country Show and Rally is being held at Upper Lodge Farm in Pipewell on Saturday. It is being hosted by Oundle Young Farmers’ Club and proceeds from the event will go to charity.

Oundle Young Farmers’ Club chairman Tom Arthey said: “We are really looking forward to hosting the show and rally, which promises to be a great day out for both young farmers and the general public alike.

“We’re also hoping we can win the rally on home soil this year having secured third place last year, despite being one of the smaller clubs in the county.”

The action will take place from 11am until 5pm, and visitors can expect to enjoy everything from livestock judging and forklift juggling to floristry and the chairman and secretary challenge.

Main ring events will include tug-of-war, a home-made chariot race, a charity shop fashion show and a team assault course. There will also be pig racing, a hound parade, dog agility and a vintage vehicle display.

Northamptonshire and Warwickshire Air Ambulance will be at the show and there will also be 27 trade stands selling clothing and accessories, agricultural machinery and local produce.

There will also be a hog roast and a home-made lemonade stand. Young Farmers’ Clubs from Oundle, Grendon, Kelmarsh, Thrapston and Towcester will be providing entertainment on the day as they battle for the coveted rally championship.

The rally is sponsored by Weetabix, Sharmans, NFU Mutual and Samuel Rose.

Admission is £5 per person with free entry for under-12s and senior citizens.