150 competitors from twenty-five teams, 21 teams from Rural Youth Clubs from nine regions of Slovenia, 2 teams from Switzerland and one team with Dr. Aleksandra Pivec, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, at the helm, and the Agricultural chamber team competed in the Farming Games on July 6th in Carinthia, Slovenia.
The highly anticipated event, that attracted a great audiance, was organised and planned by Rural Youth Club Mežiška dolina, after last year’s victory at the 32nd National Farming Games in Tabor. The event, according to the President of Slovenian Rural Youth Association (ZSPM) and other guests, exceeded all expectations.
The purpose of the Games is to preserve rural tradition and, first and foremost, for young people from the countryside to socialize. The Games were also attended by Agricultural Minister Dr. Aleksandra Pivec, who addressed the contestants, saying: “Take us seriously and compete so that we will not beat all the teams in the end.”
All games were carefully judged by a five-member refereeing team composed of Agricultural chamber members and ZSPM members. This year‘s‘Novelty in Mowing’ was judged by representatives of the Slovenian Association of Mowers and the prize for the best cutter was a place in the Slovenian team at the World Mowing Championship next year. The mowing of the 11m x 4.5m patch was assessed by cleanliness and mowing time, and the winner was last year’s national champion, Jaka Krek from Rural Youth club Kranj-Tržič. Second place was awarded to Luka Kordež, a member of the Rural Youth Club Mežiška dolina, and third place to Žiga Postotnik from Rural Youth Club Moravče. This was followed by a rake competition where, in addition to the cleanliness and speed, the quality of the pile made was also judged. As with mowing, first place was awarded to Neža Lombar from Rural Youth Club Kranj-Tržič, second place also remained in Carinthia and was won by Dominika Klavž from Rural Youth Club Črna na Koroškem and third was Neža Vidič from Rural Youth Club LIŠ.
Before continuing the fun games, the Miler Mechanization and ITRO company, also the event’s general sponsors, performed a mowing display and harvested grass. Then the fun games, which were put together and chosen by the organizers, continued, with the “log pulling” we wanted to pay tribute to the grandmothers and grandfathers, who used to make money for their livelihood in those days with manual harvesting of wood, since Carinthia has always been overgrown with the forest. The inspiration for the game “Bohvoni for pears” was obtained from the folk tale: How did the bear shake the pear (Folk tales, Vinko Moderndorfer), where a competitor sitting on the shoulders of another competitor had to use a “bohloni” to pick pears from a string, the other four runners, who were standing in the ladder, had to carry these pears through the obstacles into the crate at the finish. For the last game, the organizers prepared a game called “štafeta mošta”. A game about a drink that is increasingly recognizable and appreciated among people in Carinthia. Of course, water was used for the game, which had to be carried across the bar by all six competitors in a cup, which they had to hold between their teeth. In addition to the presentation of agricultural mechanization, the daily activities were varied by the societies and surrounding farmers on the stands.
The event was also a culinary experience with eating and drinking at the Marin-Miler Farm from Šentanel, who have, among other things, prepared “peacock burger”, “crochet noodles”, “empanadas with geraniums”.
The event moved into the tent in the evening, with the first beats of the Friday ensemble filling the dance floor, which was emptied just for the moment of the tense announcement of the results. In addition to mowing and raking, the Carinthians showed that we are almost without competition in the field of mowing and raking. The third place was occupied by the members of Rural Youth Club Črna na Koroškem, the second place in Slovenia remained in the Rural Youth Club Mežiška dolina and the national champions became members of Rural Youth Club Kranj-Tržič, so the games move to Gorenjska next year. The Carinthian success was completed by the members of the Rural Youth Club Mislinjska dolina with 7th place.
The organizers – Rural Youth Club Mežiška dolina would like to say THANK YOU to all those who financially or otherwise supported the event and to the members of the clubs who have been breathing for weeks for this event and without which the event would not have been possible. To all team’s congratulations again, and thanks go to the Agricultural Ministry and Agricultural chamber team for their cooperation and trust in rural youth.
RYEurope Special Interest Board Member
Regional representative for Carinthian region, Slovenia.