THE CHESHIRE SHOW
2002
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Under constructionAt 2pm on Monday 17th we had just an empty marquee but by 8pm when Pat our chairman left all was in place for the show.

This first picture is of the construction work with thanks to Gill our NFU secretary who had remembered her camera.

Our display was limited this year as due to the ongoing animal movement rules since foot and mouth we were unable to have any cattle pigs or sheep on display.

Barn OwlHowever we did have the incubator showing chicks literally as they hatched, and a wildlife section with birds of prey and hedgehogs.

One of the crowds favourite's was this Barn Owl

Pupils from Grange SchoolWe were also displaying the site at the show and here (left) are children from the Grange School near Northwich viewing the site.

Pupils from Wincham SchoolThe NFU currently do not have an education officer for the Northwest Region so here am I in the Cheshire education marquee along with children from Wincham Primary School.

The stand was showing how NFU education can help your school and we ran a guess the vegetables in the box contest with a small prize for correct guesses.

The items were carrots, cauliflower and a lettuce. The lettuce being much worse for wear after 2 days in a hot marquee being felt by literally hundreds of hands.

Towards the end of day two "UGH" was the reaction of most competitors!!

Milk tastes goodAnother educational promotion was the value of milk as part of a healthy diet. Here we have two youngsters sampling its delights.

To learn more about NFU education or FACE as it is now known click here. www.face.org.uk

The CrowdThis picture shows some of the HUGE crowds and judging by the subjects in the centre our paramedic cameraman was photographing friends!!

Besides bands soldiers on horseback one event is the young farmers float competition which this year was given the theme of "nursery rhymes"

Simon is now a Middlewich YFC member and these are the before during the float parade which MYFC won during and after the "traditional" water fight.

I must say the water fight seems to have mellowed since our time in the Young Farmers. These days they only soak each other and just with buckets of water.

We had powered sprayers (now BANNED) and we also soaked targets such as the Dairy Queen (BANNED) Judges (BANNED) and members of the public(most defiantly BANNED).

All good fun though.

The Young farmers is a youth movement that covers the entire UK and is open to people from all walks of life. Cheshire's current chairman is an electrician perhaps you might like to join. Click here for more Young Farmer details. www.nfyfc.org.uk

PHIL.
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