YOUNG FARMERS: (from left) Sarah Shaw, Elise Spence, Gabby Wunsch and Georgia Tanner coordinated the first ever Young Farmers Challenge for the Jandowae Show on Saturday.
YOUNG FARMERS: (from left) Sarah Shaw, Elise Spence, Gabby Wunsch and Georgia Tanner coordinated the first ever Young Farmers Challenge for the Jandowae Show on Saturday. Sophie Volker

Farmer challenge a hit at 2017 Jandowae Show

FOUR young girls from the Jandowae community combined their skills on Saturday to ensure the 2017 show offered something unforgettable.

Gabby Wunsch, Georgia Tanner, Elise Spence and Sarah Shaw coordinated the Jandowae Show's first Young Farmers' Challenge - a timed event that involved all kinds of simulated farm activities like milking cows, lassoing, egg toss, stacking hay bales and even shearing a balloon.

Gabby Wunsch was ecstatic with the amount of participation they had on Saturday afternoon.

"We had a lot of teams enter - we had 10 junior and four senior teams, which is really great for our first year doing this,” Ms Wunsch said.

"Because Jandowae's a farming community, we thought we'd bring something new to the show and we'd all seen other shows do this challenge before.

"The internet helped a lot when coming up with ideas for the challenges but we just tried to think of funny things to inspire us like the glove and the cow,” she said.

All four ladies had been tight-lipped about details until the day of the event, opting to keep everything a surprise for the entrants.

"People kept asking us what we were doing in the challenge but we kept it a secret because we wanted to build the anticipation for our first year,” Ms Wunsch said.

"We actually only set it out (the previous) night and just kind of had a rough idea about how it would all flow.

"It was a bit more rushed than we expected but we can now work on that for next year, when we've got even bigger and better things planned,” she said.

All the secret-keeping was clearly worth it on Saturday, though, when more than 100 people watched with wide eyes and smiles at the hilarious events the girls planned.

Event sponsors Wood Ag Jandowae and Chesterfields Dalby each donated bags of goodies for the winning teams.

Jandowae Show Society president Lillian Krog was happy with how the day turned out, especially with the weather clearing.

"There are just so many different components you need to have all come together to make the show as perfect as it can be for the community,” Ms Krog said.

"But it's all come together very well; I'm very happy with the way everything has gone today.

"The weather's perfect, the grass is green, and everybody's smiling,” she said.


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