By Emma Prior
For the first time ever, the Yarrawonga Mulwala Agricultural Show will showcase the skills of young local farmers putting them through their paces on show day.
This year’s show is the perfect place to start the Young Farmers Challenge involving farmers between the ages of eighteen to thirty-five.
The teams of three or four participants, including one woman are to be put through a series of tasks to test their knowledge and skills in a simulation of a day in the life of a farmer.
Head Steward Cam O’Kane said the event aimed to provide involvement value for the other big industries of the town besides sport, and to offer entertainment and bring laughs to patrons.
“We want to stress for the participants to have fun, we don’t want to take it too serious especially being the first one,” Cam said.
This event is not completely foreign to the region and the tasks being performed will be tailored to the area with grain, sheep and irrigation aspects being the main focus.
The concept started ten years ago at the Royal Sydney Show and has become a way of acknowledging farming practices.
“It’s to celebrate that we are a big agricultural community,” Cam said.
“It’s a bit of an honour to previous farmers in this area that we are trying to embrace farming practices from past generations.”
The event will host two heats in activities such as the tractor challenge, wool bale run and leading an alpaca before the leaders take part in the final.
Prizes for the winning team are still in discussion with the possibility of a cash or farm prize most likely.
Organisers are also hoping for the winner to compete and represent Yarrawonga Mulwala at the Melbourne or Sydney Royal shows. Exact times of the event are to be announced but organisers say they would like members of the community to come along, enjoy the event and have a laugh.
“If we could just get a bit of crowd and a few laughs that would just be ideal,” Cam said.
To find out more about the Young Farmers Challenge and how to apply contact Cam O’Kane on 0407 538 044 or email [email protected]