With less than a week to go until the showground in Llanelwedd is full of visitors, exhibitors and quality livestock, preparations for the 25th Royal Welsh Winter Fair are coming together perfectly.
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 visitors attending the annual two-day event.
With over 1,340 cattle, sheep, pigs and horses as well as 175 entries in the lamb carcass classes, the stakes have been set for a great couple of day’s worth of competitions.
One of the main sponsors of the Royal Welsh Winter Fair is HSBC. Originally Midland Bank, HSBC have been sponsoring the event since its inception 25 years ago. In recognition of their continued loyalty and support, this year’s event will be officially opened by Roy Davies, Rod Williams (both now retired, but formerly with Midland Bank and HSBC) and Allan Wilkinson (the present head of agriculture at HSBC). The opening ceremony will be held upstairs in the International Pavilion at 10.30am on Monday 1 December.
Following the official opening will be the presentations of the John Gittins Memorial Award 2014, the RWAS Oxford Farming Conference Bursary 2014, the 2014 RWAS/Nuffield Farming Scholarship Award and the Children’s Art and Design Competition (the winner of the 2014 Christmas card design).
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.
Away from the judging rings the very best Welsh food producers showcase their produce and Christmas shoppers are able to explore hundreds of tradestands, demonstrations, exhibitions and silver jubilee celebrations.