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Posted on Oct 02, 2017

This month has been an action-packed month, with members doing a great job providing events and competitions for everyone to enjoy. Rural Youth and Agfest have both been nominated as finalists in the Community Achievement Awards. A fantastic achievement by everyone. Go us! We'll all be crossing our fingers and hoping it's our name read out on the night. 

One of the organisations' premier events of the year, Young Farmer State Final was held on 23 September. The competition saw 9 finalists competing to take home the title, with 1 unfortunately a no-show on the day. At the end of the day there can only be one winner and I would like to congratulate Peter Damen on being this year's Young Farmer of the year. A well-deserved win. I would also like to congratulate Andrea Craigie and Matthew Bayles on coming second and third, respectively. Will Baxter, the only non-member competitor for 2017 did a great job, winning the runoffs and then coming in fourth overall at the finals. Well done to everyone who competed. 

Young Farmer dinner was a blast from the past, with fluro and bad hair taking centre stage during the 80s-themed night. The dinner was a great night for everyone to get together and not only celebrate the Young Farmer competition and the members who had made it through to the finals but to also get together and have fun. The photos from the night certainly show that we all did! Well done to the team who put on such a fantastic night. 

Following on from the Pistol competition in Launceston, the shooting competition was held at Bracknell on 24 September. Members braved the wind and rain to compete in both rifle and clay bird competitions. Well done to the winners on the day. 

It's great to see that the clubs are getting out in to the community with many around the state attending events and hosting competitions. In the northwest, North Motton are having an animal nursery at Ulverstone Show. In the north Tamar are having a site at the Exeter Fair and down south Oatlands are hosting a ute competition at the Oatlands School Fair, Brighton are parking cars at Melton Mowbray and hosting a ute competition and dog high jump at Brighton Show, and Sorell will be at the Sorell School Fair with bells and whistles on. Great job everyone! 

The vulnerable people checks are still causing some issue with members. I would just like to remind everyone that with the laws around this and the nature of Rural Youth we need all members to have their checks completed. Thank-you to the club presidents who are taking this message back to clubs and getting their members on board. 

I look forward to the next month and seeing what we can all achieve!