The Royal Welsh Winter Fair is celebrating its 25th event on 1 & 2 December at the showground in Llanelwedd, Builth Wells.
Along with the usual packed schedule of competitions, classes, exhibitions and displays the two-day event will be packed full of silver jubilee themed celebrations including free late night shopping and a celebratory firework display on the Monday evening and a visit from HRH The Princess Royal on the Tuesday.
The past 25 years have been a turbulent quarter of a century for the British meat and livestock industry; extreme weather conditions, economic down-turns, BSE, foot and mouth, bluetongue, avian flu, export bans, cheap imports, falling prices, the list goes on and on…
But despite the challenges, the agricultural community has remained strong. Refusing to give up in the face of adversity, Welsh and other British producers have stuck together and remained loyal to the industry.
Nowhere has this been more apparent than at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair.
The solidarity of the industry was most evident in 2001. With an industry devastated by the foot and mouth outbreak and with the majority of agricultural shows, fairs and other gatherings being cancelled, including our own Royal Welsh Show that summer, the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society took the brave decision to carry on regardless, despite the fact there would be no live cloven-hoofed livestock at the event. The response from farmers, the rural community and the agricultural industry was incredible, with a record crowd flocking to the event and a visit from HRH The Prince of Wales. In a happy coincidence, the fair was held on the same day Wales was declared foot and mouth free.
First staged in 1990 and originally just a modest one-day event, the Royal Welsh Winter Fair is now widely referred to as the finest prime stock show in Europe and has become well established as one of the most popular attractions on the British agricultural show calendar. Leading stockmen from all over the UK compete for the top accolades in the classes and competitions with just shy of 30,000 of visitors attending the annual two-day event.
Away from the judging rings the very best of Welsh food producers showcase their produce and Christmas shoppers are able to explore the hundreds of tradestands, demonstrations, exhibitions and silver jubilee celebrations.
For more information visit www.rwas.co.uk