Today I have mostly been judging class YF22 in the Young Farmers' Marquee at the West Mid Show - 'An invitation to a wedding to be held in another country'. I have always wanted a Judge's badge. Today was my lucky day.
There were some good entries and it seems young people aspire to weddings in exotic locations now - Japan, Hawaii and Mauritius. A couple of others chose to illustrate Croatia and Poland. Interesting I thought.
I'd like to think that the YFC was an opportunity for young people of both sexes to meet on equal terms - which I'm sure they do on a day to day basis. But where were the girls' entries in the 'Famous Landmark made from recycled materials found around the farm' (sub agenda - can you weld?) or the boys' 'A Healthy Picnic Hamper'? I think I'll come back to this at a later date.
Still, an interesting afternoon at the Showground and afterwards trying to run to ground the origin of that pesky phrase 'Here Come de Judge...' I've gone via Flip Wilson, Pigmeat Markham, Shorty Long, Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In and some fairly obscure and unmemorable things in between.
I'm none the wiser.