Field of dreams

Hamilton Advertiser - - ALL ABOUT LANARKSHIRE - Ni­cola Find­lay

Peo­ple out and about in Avon­dale may do a quick dou­ble take when they see Humpty Dumpty sit­ting in a field.

The cre­ation was built by mem­bers of Avon­dale Young Farm­ers’ Club.

And it has been deemed ‘out­stand­ing in its field’ as the fi­nal­ists of an an­nual bale art com­pe­ti­tion are an­nounced.

The na­tional com­pe­ti­tion – run by the Scot­tish As­so­ci­a­tion of Young Farm­ers Clubs (SAYFC) and sup­ported by Qual­ity Meat Scot­land (QMS) – wel­comed 54 en­trants from across the coun­try.

Themes in­cluded Hal­loween, Dis­ney char­ac­ters, trac­tors, teddy bears and Avon­dale’s en­try – Humpty Dumpty.

The group will now go head to head against five other clubs from across Scot­land. SAYFC mem­bers were chal­lenged to in­clude the Scotch Lamb PGI brand to co­in­cide with a ma­jor cam­paign launched by QMS to raise aware­ness of Scotch Lamb.

Tele­vi­sion star Lor­raine Kelly – a trustee of the STV Chil­dren’s Ap­peal – will judge which art­work de­serves to take the over­all ti­tle. Shona Lis­ter of Avon­dale Young Farm­ers’ Club said: “This is the first time we have been se­lected as fi­nal­ists.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for the club and we are ex­cited for the fi­nal.”

Carol Mclaren, di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions for Qual­ity Meat Scot­land, added: “The bale art com­pe­ti­tion of­fers a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing Scot­land’s Year of Young Peo­ple, to show­case the in­no­va­tion and cre­ativ­ity of Scot­land’s young farm­ers, as well as proudly sup­port­ing the in­dus­try’s Scotch Lamb brand.”

The bale art­work is in aid of the STV Chil­dren’s Ap­peal, with those en­joy­ing the cre­ations en­cour­aged to make a do­na­tion to help sup­port kids and young peo­ple af­fected by poverty in Scot­land.

Last year’s com­pe­ti­tion saw do­na­tions top £500 – with teams hop­ing to raise even more this year.

Humpty Dumpty Avon­dale Young Farm­ers Bale Art 2018 en­try

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