And now for the easy part; Year of work for 15 mins of fame.Byline: ANDREW FORGRAVE
IT'S been more than 12 months in the planning, but this year's Wales YFC YFC Youth For Christ
YFC Young Farmers Club (UK)
YFC Youth Flying Club (Singapore)
YFC Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada - Fredericton Municipal (Airport Code) eisteddfod eisteddfod (īstĕth`vəd, –vôd) [Welsh,=session], Welsh competitive festival. Contests traditionally are held in all the arts and crafts, with special emphasis on music and poetry. is finally upon us.
Next week some 700 youngsters, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, will converge on Venue Cymru, Llandudno, for a marathon session of competitions, some traditional, others less so.
Holding her breath will be Nia Wyn Griffith, Wales YFC Eisteddfod committee chairman, who has invested months in the event's planning on behalf of this year's host, the Eryri YFC federation.
From organising night-time meetings to sending countless emails, it's been a busy time for the 28-year-old, who must also juggle work as co-ordinator for Penllyn Communities First.
"As well as booking judges and arranging stage technicians, one of the first tasks was finding a suitable venue," she said. "In recent years the YFC Eisteddfod has grown considerably, so we needed somewhere large enough to accommodate everyone."
Venue Cymru was the obvious solution, after which attention turned to finding sponsors. An event of this size would struggle without donations, yet as Nia discovered, the recession made life difficult.
She said: "A lot of the county federations are struggling financially, so there's a lot of competition to find sponsors. We were lucky to find some excellent backers."
Wind Power Wales came in as main sponsors, with Llyn Beef and the FUW's Caernarfonshire branch sponsoring the prizes, crafted from Welsh slate by Inigo Jones, Penygroes.
And sponsoring the chair was NFU NFU National Farmers Union (Denver, CO and Washington, DC)
NFU National Farmers’ Union of England and Wales
NFU No First Use
NFU Norwegian Farmers' Union
NFU North Florida University Cymru's mid Gwynedd branch. Eryri YFC was keen to find a local craftsmen and the name which cropped up was that of youngster Sin Wynne, 18, a member of Rowen YFC.
He took on the job, so becoming the youngest maker of a YFC chair - and possibly of any other eisteddfod chair. It will be awarded for the best short story or poem.
Sin, who lives in Eglwysbach and is a joinery student at Llandrillo College, Colwyn Bay, said: "I'd just competed in a Skill Build competition in which two students from colleges in North Wales submit work demonstrating different joints. "I came second, and I think that prompted someone to put my name forward."
Sin, an apprentice with joiner Dylan Evans, Llanrwst, built it over two weeks, using old Welsh pine. He was indebted to carpenter Rhys Roberts, Trefriw, who lent his workshop and equipment for the job.
"I wanted to do something a little more modern, so incorporated a few curves," he said. The Wales YFC Eisteddfod gets underway at 11am on Saturday, November 21. BBC Radio Cymru BBC Radio Cymru is BBC Wales' Welsh language radio station, broadcasting throughout Wales on FM since 1977. It was one of the few FM-only radio services in the UK at the time of its launch. will be broadcasting live from 8pm onwards.
Gearing up for the big day are eisteddfod committee chairman Nia Griffith and Eryri county chairman Elen WilliamsPicture: JEFF Jeff
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