Posted on Jul 14, 2015
This weekend sees the return of the Rural Youth Tasmania's biggest annual competition, with run offs for the Young Farmer of the Year being held in three locations state-wide.
Increased sponsorship from many generous compaines over recent years have seen winners of the event take home over $10,000 worth of cash and prizes, with a total prize pool for the Top 15 competitors approaching $30,000. Some of these prizes have included ATV's, Chainswas, Welders and tickets to concerts at Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena.
The runoff stage of the competition sees competitors complete a series of point scoring modules. Such modules have previously been in fields such as stock, fruit, seed identification, cooking, finance and safety. The three top scoring competitors from each region automatically go through to the finals, whilst the following top six scoring competitors will round out a Top 15 that will go through to the finals, to be held at Quercus Rural Youth Park, Carrick on Saturday September 12th. A formal dinner annoucing the winners will be held in the evening.
Members of the public are encouraged to either sign up and join Rural Youth over the weekend at your local runoff or join this week prior to the runoff, with competition organiser Amanda Bayles suggesting individuals from any background, country or city, will have the chance to make it to the Top 15 finalists. "The run off stage is purely about having some fun and testing your knowledge... the modules can be challenging, but everyone always scores lots of points.. the finals are where the competition heats up!".
This suggestion is evidenced by previous finalists and winners that have included university students, truck drivers, park rangers and even a plumber.
Locations for this weekend's runoffs are:
|Southern||Saturday 18th July
9.30am - 11.30am
| Sorell Farm School,
0409 295 158
|Northern|| Sunday 19th July
10am - 2pm
|Quercus Rural Youth Park
Oaks Road, Carrick
0439 985 166
|North West||Saturday 18th July
8am - 10am
|131 Gawler Road, Gawler||Jake Williams
0400 901 810
For more information about joining up as a Rural Youth member so you can participate please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 6331 6154.