Known as the “friendly show” because of the warm welcome extended to visitors, Llanfyllin’s showcase of the best of town and country is being held on Saturday, August 15 with John Jones, a retired smallholder of The Hollies, Llansantffraid, chairman for the second time.
He is now looking forward to the show after months of preparation work by a hard-working team of volunteers on the committee.
“A huge number of people help with setting up the show and clearing the showground afterwards,” said John, who was show chairman back in the 1980s. “It’s a terrific community effort and I don’t think there’s another show like it.
“It’s also a major social event, with people travelling from near and far to meet friends. We are very lucky to have such fantastic community spirit.”
Supporting the show is a family affair, as his daughter, Tracy, is horse section secretary and his grandson, James Williams, is a regular in the sheep section, showing his prizewinning Blue Face Leicesters.
Originally from Buildwas in Shropshire, John moved to Llanfyllin area in 1974 and worked on local farms as well as having a smallholding. He has always retained an interest in ponies and horses and has supported the show since joining the committee in the late ‘70s, having been ring steward for many years.
He and his wife, Geraldine, have two daughters and four grandsons. Daughter Kim helps her sister, Tracy, in the horse section.
In the years when he has not been a show official, he said he had enjoyed watching his grandson in the sheep section.
Other highlights for him are the sheepdog trials on the Friday evening and show day and the involvement of young farmers, who represent the event’s future.
When he’s not enjoying time with his family, John cheers on TNS Football Club in the Welsh Premier League and European competitions.
Headliners at this year’s show, which is held at Bodfach Park by permission of Simon and Maggie Baynes and Janet Jones, is James Dylan’s Stuntworld, the most experienced stunt team in Great Britain,
Always popular with showgoers is the All Wales Circuit Shearing Final, which brings together the 20 best sheep shearers in Wales in four different classes. Finalists qualify by collecting points from six of nine selected shows across Wales on the sheep shearing circuit.
Other attractions include showjumping, a donkey derby, a display by Montgomeryshire Vintage Club and a Village Green area, where a full programme of family entertainment is planned.
Show schedules are now available and the closing date for entries is August 6. For more information contact show secretary Jill Hollinshead on 01691 828628 or visit the show’s website at www.llanfyllinshow.co.uk.