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Five counties from across the West Midlands will do battle in a major fencing competition – but there will not be a sword in site
The Kenilworth Show – the biggest one day agricultural show in Coventry and Warwickshire – will host Young Farmers’ competitions at this year’s show on Saturday, June 9.
Young farmers from Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire will challenge each other in a fence building competition at the Kenilworth Show, on the showground opposite Stoneleigh Park, to win the regional title.
Each team will feature three competitors, who will be tasked with building a 20 foot long and 6 foot high wooden fence, including a stile.
The county teams will be marked on the effectiveness of their building technique and how well they apply health and safety conditions – the winners will go on to take part in the national fencing final.
Charlotte Wooliscroft is the Warwickshire county chair and West Midlands Area chair for the Young Farmers.
She has been a member of the Young Farmers for 14 years and 2018 marks her final year with the group.
Charlotte said: “Every year Young Farmers hold around 80 competitions which highlight agricultural skills, public speaking, handicraft and sports.
“At the Kenilworth Show we are having the West Midlands area regional final, between five counties. They will be competing against each other to create a technically accurate fence with a stile in it, it should be a great day.
“We will be hosting a range of other activities on the day too and people can spectate, see what Young Farmers is all about and hopefully have a go at some of the activities too.
“I’ve been a member since I was 12, but now I’m 26, so this is my final year. This is it for me! I’m a teacher and without Young Farmers, I wouldn’t have the confidence to do the job that I love.
“It gives you the chance to not only socialise but learn skills and apply them in the same situations. I think that will definitely be easy to see during the Kenilworth Show.”
The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Club is more than 80 years old, with over 23,000 young farmers in England and Wales across 619 clubs.
There are 11 clubs in Warwickshire, hosting regular social events and helping young people to learn valuable rural skills.
The Kenilworth Show is organised by Kenilworth and District Agricultural Society (KADAS).
Charlie Weetman, director of the Kenilworth Show, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming Young Farmers groups from across the West Midlands to this year’s Kenilworth Show.
“The Young Farmers are a fantastic organisation that give young people the perfect avenue to learn new rural skills and develop life skills in the process.
“This will be just one part of a bumper programme of activities at this year’s show and we look forward to seeing thousands of people at Stoneleigh Park on the day.”
For more information on the Kenilworth Show visit www.kenilworthshow.co.uk
The team behind a popular farm shop and kitchen will be serving up dishes at two locations on Stoneleigh Park next month.
Farmers Fayre will be providing food and refreshments in the members’ area of the Kenilworth Show on the Stoneleigh Park showgrounds on Saturday, June 10, as well as offering their popular hog roast for members of the public.
The family-run enterprise specialises in local produce and has seen a big increase in trade since moving into its new premises at Stoneleigh Park, which is also sponsoring the Kenilworth Show again this year.
Nicola Reece, director of Farmers Fayre, said: “We’re really looking forward to this year’s Kenilworth Show, it is always one of the highlights of the year in the local community and couldn’t be more pleased to be involved for 2017.
“We’ve seen tremendous growth since we moved to our new home at Stoneleigh Park in 2015 and working at events like this show will help us continue to grow as we are introduced to potential new customers.”
Leading fuel distributor, Rix Petroleum Midlands, has also agreed to be one of the main sponsors of the region’s largest one-day agricultural event for the eighth year running.
The Coleshill based fuel distributor is the largest independent in the UK and has a large agricultural client base across the Midlands.
Paul Doherty, director at Rix Petroleum, said: “With our tanker fleet we support the agricultural industry across the Warwickshire region and surrounding counties. The Kenilworth show gives us a great chance to catch up with the farming community and also meet some new prospective customer too.
“It’s crucial for a business like ours to maintain a presence at agricultural events such as the Kenilworth Show and we’re delighted to be supporting the show for the eighth year in a row.”
The agricultural show – organised annually by Kenilworth and District Agricultural Society (KADAS) – will host a range of main ring attractions this year, large countryside area, along with education stands and entertainment for all the family.
Charlie Weetman, Kenilworth Show director, added: “Working with local and regional businesses is something very important to us.
“I’m delighted that we have Rix Petroleum on board for an eighth year and we are looking forward to Farmers Fayre catering at the show for the first time.
“We have a brilliant line-up of entertainment in store across the showgrounds at this year’s show and that wouldn’t be possible without our sponsors, so I’d like to thank them all for their valued support.”
For more information about the show and to purchase tickets visit www.kenilworthshow.co.uk
Organisers of a popular agricultural show are offering free tickets to the armed forces in recognition of their service.
Kenilworth and District Agricultural Society (KADAS), which organises the Kenilworth Show, will provide 100 free tickets as part of their Tickets For Troops offer.
The partnership between the show and Tickets For Troops is now entering its fourth year, with tickets first being offered back in 2014.
The fourth year of the offer will also mark the fourth and final year of World War I.
Tickets For Troops specialise in rewarding currently serving personnel and those medically discharged from military duty since 2001 with tickets to an event of their choice.
This year’s Kenilworth Show - Coventry and Warwickshire’s biggest one-day agricultural event - will be held on the showgrounds opposite Stoneleigh Park on Saturday, June 10.
The agricultural show has been a hit in recent years with members of the armed forces and William Campbell-Lamerton, from Tickets For Troops, is delighted to be able to offer tickets for another year.
“We are delighted to be continuing the partnership with the Kenilworth Show,” said William.
“Tickets for the show have been hugely popular since we first offered them in 2014 and they are always claimed very quickly.
“It’s vital for our organisation to maintain partnerships with events like the Kenilworth Show and we look forward to continuing to work with KADAS in the future.”
Kenilworth Show director Charlie Weetman added: “It is fantastic to be able to offer 100 tickets to our hard-working troops again this year.
“Since we started doing this in 2014, it has been an honour to host our armed forces at the show and we are looking forward to welcoming them back again on Saturday, June 10.
“This is our small way of saying thank you for all the hard-work our servicemen and women put in throughout the year.”
For more information about Tickets For Troops visit www.ticketsfortroops.org.uk
Advance tickets for the Kenilworth Show can be purchased online www.kenilworthshow.co.uk
A special educational feature area will be one of the highlights of this year’s Kenilworth Agricultural Show – as organisers aim to inspire the next generation of farmers.
The area will include displays and interactive demonstrations from a range of farming and rural organisations as part of the region’s biggest one-day agricultural show, located opposite Stoneleigh Park on Saturday, June 10.
The Elizabeth Creak Charitable Trust are supporting organisers, the Kenilworth and District Agricultural Society (KADAS,) to help fund the biggest ever education area at the show.
New for this year’s show will be a display by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, with pens of pigs, sheep, Exmoor ponies and a Gloucester cow. The organisation will be providing information on why maintaining these rare breeds is vitally important for the future of life-stock farming.
Another new exhibitor will be Hook Norton Brewery, who will bring two of their gentle shire horses complete with dray and show the story of brewing.
The University of Warwick School of Life Sciences will highlight issues over food security, against the backdrop of increased demand and climate change.
Syngenta return for a second year, with information on the importance of sustainable production – while Warwickshire Wildlife Trust will cover the needs of wildlife with a range of interactive projects for children to enjoy.
Richard Fonge, leader of the KADAS educational sub-committee, said: “We’re delighted that we will be having the educational area again for this year’s Kenilworth Show.
“The idea has always been to be an exciting, interactive area where people of all ages can come along and learn something new about different aspects of agriculture.
“We have a fantastic schedule of exhibitors this year - acquisition of knowledge is really important, so if we inspire one or two people to enter the farming industry that’s a real bonus.
“This is an industry where there are so many different opportunities, it’s not just farmers anymore, we hope that the displays we will be putting on will help visitors explore all aspects of farming and agriculture.”
Other demonstrations and displays will include the Coventry Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, sheep shearing, wood carving, stone dressing, corn dolly making and a children’s milking competition.
Jef Tuyn, president-elect of KADAS, added: “Maintaining a dialogue between the public and farmer is vital, particularly with the new challenges ahead.
“We are delighted that KADAS is able to contribute to this process through the Kenilworth Show and the educational feature area.”
For more information on the Kenilworth Show visit www.kenilworthshow.co.uk.
The Peter Yardley Memorial Trophy will be awarded for the first time at this year’s Kenilworth Show, honouring one of the event’s most ardent supporters.
The winner of the 2017 Classic Car competition will become the first ever recipient of the newly named trophy at the popular agricultural show which will be held on the showgrounds opposite Stoneleigh Park on Saturday, June 10.
Peter Yardley, who passed away in 2016, was a regular classic cars exhibitor at the Kenilworth Show and a big supporter of the event as a whole.
Show organisers, Kenilworth and District Agricultural Society (KADAS), felt it was fitting to name the new trophy in Peter’s memory.
The Kenilworth Show Classic Car competition is entering into its sixth year at the show, giving show-goers an opportunity to see some of the very best classic-cars in the UK.
Even before the competition, classic cars have always been a feature of the agricultural show, with specialist owners clubs exhibiting at the event.
Organisers expect around 50 cars to enter the 2017 competition, the winner will then be chosen by an independent judge from KADAS.
Richard Clarke, organiser of the Classic Car competition at the Kenilworth Show, said: “Peter was a lovely guy and always so supportive of everything we do at the show.
“Come rain or shine, it didn’t matter, Peter would come down and support us – it is an honour that we have been able to name the trophy after him.
“We get new cars in every year, so we’re really excited about what this year’s competition will bring. It adds something different to the whole show and gives the car owners a cracking day out too.
“I hope that everyone comes over and visits the stand because we really do have some fantastic cars on show this year.”
The cars will be on show throughout the event and will also do a short tour of the Grand Ring, giving visitors the chance to see the classic vehicles in action.
Charlie Weetman, of the Kenilworth Show, added: “Peter was a hugely popular and well respected figure in the local community, as well as a fantastic supporter of the Kenilworth Show.
“The Classic Car show is always one of the highlights of the day, it adds something different, and we are really looking forward to seeing what cars will be competing for the new trophy in Peter’s name.”
For more information on the Kenilworth Show visit www.kenilworthshow.co.uk