This year saw the return of the Young Farmers to the Perth Concert Hall for the twelfth year running, with members performing to another sold out audience.
Eight teams took to the stage in the hope to sing, dance and frolic their way to top place. Introduced by East Region Chairman David Lawrie, the teams consisted of Bathgate JAC, East Fife JAC, Bell Baxter ADS, Peebles JAC, Reston JAC, Brechin YFC, Strathmore JAC, and Forfar JAC. Judging the acts were the highly esteemed trio of Mrs Christine Baillie, Mrs Clare Dickson and Mr Jimmy Dick.
Katrina Kennedy from Aberfeldy JAC opened up the show with two well-known songs, treating the crowd to beautiful renditions of Valery and Caledonia.
Reigning supreme on the night and taking home the B.P Farm Service Perpetual Trophy with 92 5/6 points was Bathgate JAC with their production of “Merry Mischief” produced by Hazel Ireland and David Walker.
Securing second place with 89 2/3 points was the team from Bell Baxter ADS with their performance “A Cunning Tail” produced by Jacqui and Jenna Brand, whilst being written by Jenna Brand also. Soaring into third place with “It’s Time For Africa” was East Fife JAC. Produced by Anna Dickinson and David Smout, this club narrowly missed out on second place by 1/3 of a point scoring 89 1/3! Sandy Dawson from Bell Baxter ADS received the trophy for Best Act out with the winning team with portrayal of Sheriff of Nottingham, with Andrew Dixon from Reston JAC claiming the Best Comedy act certificate for strutting his stuff on stage as New Bo Peep.
Closing the evening with an act from their 2017 Pantomime were previous Cabaret winners Perthshire Districts. The act certainly kept our audience entertained while our judges were busy finalising the results.
Our thanks must also go The Perth Concert Hall staff, raffle donators, audience, East Region district stewards for all their assistance and of course the eight outstanding acts which entertained us all through the evening. A huge thank you is also extended to Scotmin Nutrition for supporting the event, by providing excellent support and presenting winners with their prizes on the evening.
The notorious dance that follows the competition was held at Loft Nightclub, Perth where over 400 members arrived to celebrate the evening together.
Regional Chairman, Mr David Lawrie, commented:
“The sold out audience got a treat this year with the exceptional talent displayed on stage! From rehearsals to their final act, every team showed real dedication and passion, which is amazing and almost overwhelming to see. The night would not have been possible without the hard working team of backstage crew, staff, stage managers, stewards and clubs for putting in such great effort to make the night a success. A huge thank you must go to all for their help & support”.
Full results for each team can be viewed here.
More photos will be uploaded in the coming weeks.