2016 Annual Convention - Awesome, epic, manic - and the best!
When an event is described by the people that attend as "Awesome" "Epic" & "Manic", you know it's been good! But that's exactly how YFC members described the 2016 Annual Convention, sponsored by Massey Ferguson.
An incredible 6,200 Young Farmers from across England and Wales attended this year's Annual Convention in Blackpool - the 25th time the event has been hosted in the seaside resort.
And those that attended were quick to express their delight about the weekend:
The weekend, as always, showcased the three attributes that come with being a YFC member - fun, learning and achievement.
- Members with a farming background learnt a lot about how to help sustain the agricultural industry at the AGRI Forum. A lot of insightful knowledge was also gained when it came to discussing the forthcoming EU Referendum.
- At the Annual General Meeting, YFC members learnt about the success of YFC in 2015 and the great achievements of its members. It was announced that YFC members raised an estimated £1.2 million for charity, and that the NFYFC had significantly reduced its financial deficit.
- Six groups of fundraisers descended upon Blackpool in weird, wacky and above all, tiring ways to raise money for charity.
- Brampton YFC in Cumbria came first in the performing arts competition with their very moving performance of "The Wrong Fifty", which portrayed the harrowing effects of 2001's Foot and Mouth crisis.
- Tom Wells of Lincolnshire FYFC picked up the much coveted "Senior Member of the Year" award, beating six other competitors from across England and Wales.
- Tarka Group YFC in Devon sung their way to success in the choir competition, while Clun Valley YFC in Shropshire came out on top in the ballroom dancing competition.
- £100 was at stake in the annual fun darts competition, which saw James Poulton of Radnor YFC overthrow the defending champion, Mark Curr, to claim the top prize.
- Members were treated to a variety of amazing evening entertainments, including amazing sets from BBC Radio 1's Dev Griffin, Scott Mills, Chris Stark and Greg James.
See the highlights from an epic 2016 Annual Convention right here: