Can your team beat the young farmers challenge

Does your team have what it takes to take the cake in the Esk Show Young Farmer Challenge. Picture: MATTHEW HECK

Visitors and residents from Somerset and abroad seeking silly enjoyment this weekend are encouraged to gear up and get dirty as the Young Farmer Challenge returns to the Esk Show in 2024. 

The tongue-in-cheek farming comp involves groups of four competing in a time-based course with a number of wild and wondrous obstacle challenges in their way.

The competition features three age groups: 11 and under, 12-16, and 17 and over.

A few of the highlights participants and spectators can look forward to are wheelbarrow racing and spoon racing. 

Esk Show Society Young Farmer Challenge coordinator Mathew Heck encouraged those without a farming background to participate as well with each team having to consist of one female contestant. 

“We don’t just want all the blokes having the fun,” he said.

“We want to make sure each group has one girl with them they’re a big part of the industry too.”

Mr Heck said teams can enter before the show or on the night with the event as entertaining for onlookers as it is participants.

“It’s for everyone,” he said.

“On the night, we often ask for children out of the crowd, and we have some farmer kids and some kids who have never been on a farm, they might absolutely love it, and that’s what it’s all about.

“I think the best part from a show perspective is that it’s practically free entertainment that involves most of the crowd’s children, and what better way to get the next generation involved in their agricultural show than to be part of something so simple yet so interesting to watch.”