All set for the Bedfordshire Country Show this weekend

PUBLISHED: 14:23 17 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:23 17 May 2018

Action at the 2017 Bedfordshire YFC Country Show and Rally. Picture: addsomecolour.com/Beds YFC 2018 Rally Committee

Action at the 2017 Bedfordshire YFC Country Show and Rally. Picture: addsomecolour.com/Beds YFC 2018 Rally Committee

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All roads will lead to the north of the county this weekend as members of Bedfordshire’s farming community are set to congregate for a long-standing country show.

Action at the 2017 Bedfordshire YFC Country Show and Rally. Picture: addsomecolour.com/Beds YFC 2018 Rally Committee Action at the 2017 Bedfordshire YFC Country Show and Rally. Picture: addsomecolour.com/Beds YFC 2018 Rally Committee

The Bedfordshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs is to hold its 71st annual country show this Saturday at Scald End Farm in Thurleigh, north of Bedford.

This year’s rally is being hosted by the Bedford club and will feature members of the seven Bedfordshire Young Farmers clubs competing in areas including flower arranging, cookery, showing livestock, handicrafts, farm skills and showjumping.

There will be a range of displays in the main ring – as well as pony rides, stalls, vintage tractors, games including giant connect four and a buzz-wire challenge, and about 80 trade stands.

The show’s sponsors include rural property specialist Fisher German – and the company’s Matthew Ayres said he and the team were proud to be involved.

The Bedford Young Farmers float at last year's show. Picture: addsomecolour.com/Beds YFC 2018 Rally Committee The Bedford Young Farmers float at last year's show. Picture: addsomecolour.com/Beds YFC 2018 Rally Committee

“The country show and rally is very well-respected and always draws in crowds of around 4,000 people,” he said.

“It is the biggest rural event of its kind in the area and attracts people from across the agricultural sector and those with an interest in the countryside, as well as families and members of the local community outside of the farming profession.

“It features various rural competitions, displays and stalls as well as a number of trade stands and is an excellent social networking day.

“We have been supporting the country show for four years, and Warmingtons supported the event for more than 40 years before it merged with Fisher German in 2015 – so we have a long-standing relationship with the Bedfordshire Young Farmers.

“We are delighted to be one of this year’s principal sponsors and will have a marquee on the day. We look forward to welcoming everyone to this year’s event.”

The beer lorry already arrived on site on Tuesday, with trade stands arriving to set up from yesterday morning.

The 71st Country Show and Rally starts at 10am on Saturday with entry priced at £8 each, with those under 10 years old getting in free of charge.

Last year’s show and rally was held at Clayhill Farm in Westoning, between Flitwick and Harlington.

To find out more about the show and the Bedfordshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, have a look online at bedsyfc.co.uk or facebook.com/bedsyfc.

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