The Royal Welsh Winter Fair will host over 200 livestock classes, special awards and championships, all listed in the 2016 schedule (www.rwas.wales), with exhibitors expecting to enter from far and wide, all competing for their share of over £25,000 of total prize money up for grabs during the two-day event.
Last year saw over 1,700 cattle, sheep, pigs and horses, and 161 carcasses entered into the competitions.
With so much to do it is no wonder that The Royal Welsh Winter Fair attracts around 30,000 visitors across the two days.
In the build up to Christmas The Royal Welsh Winter Fair has always added to the festive air around Llanelwyd and this year will be no exception with live musical performances at different locations (members centre, NSA pavilion and bandstand) throughout the fair, by solo artists, school choirs and large professional singing groups.
If the music doesn’t make the younger members of the family join the Christmas mood then there will also be a live nativity scene, rotary floats and a chance to meet Father Christmas!
There is late night opening on Monday so that all at the showground can enjoy the spectacular fireworks display. Opening at 8.00am both days the show ends at 7.30pm on the Monday and 5.00pm on the Tuesday barely enough time to visit the varied eclectic and practical 300 trade stands.
So with so much going on you can guess that with only four weeks to go until the Royal Welsh Winter Fair is in full swing, preparation and last minute organising is the order of the day. Around a fortnight ago members of the organising committee and representatives from the event’s three main sponsors have come together to look forward to this years’ Royal Welsh Winter Fair.
Often referred to as one of the finest prime stock shows in Europe, the Winter Fair will be held at the Royal Welsh Showground on 28 and 29 November and is a two-day event packed full of competitions, festivities and Christmas shopping.
“The Winter Fair is always a fantastic event to look forward to and this year is no different” says Will Hanks, Honorary Winter Fair Director. “With some of the UK’s very best quality livestock on display, the schedule of competitions, classes and auctions is sure to draw the crowds from far and wide.”
Meeting to discuss the final arrangements for the fair, Gary Haggaty from Welsh Government, Paul Edwards from Dunbia, Sian Williams from HSBC, Will Hanks, Honorary Winter Fair Director, Emyr Lewis, Chairman of the Winter Fair Committee and David Lewis, Chairman of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s Council, took a moment to visit the famous statue across the river in Builth Wells.
Funded partly by a grant from Powys County Council, but primarily from local fund-raising efforts of the residents of Builth Wells, the sculpture is based on the prize- winning Welsh Black bull, Caerynwch Tywysog 6th, who was owned by the then Welsh Black Cattle Society vice chairman, Phillip Arrowsmith of Bwlch y Diarth, Llandrindod Wells.
The subject choice of the statute represents the market towns close links with the historic cattle drovers which pasted through the town and the Royal Welsh Showground on its doorstep. Links between the society and the town of Builth Wells still remain strong with thousands of visitors converging on the local area throughout the year to attend events at the showground, stay in local guesthouses, dine in local eateries and enjoy all that beautiful mid-Wales has to offer.
Cllr Meryl Prynne, Mayor of Builth Wells said: “The Royal Welsh Agriculture Show is an asset to our area and we acknowledge the revenue generated in the town from having the events on the Showground. It also promotes this beautiful the area for tourism.”
Along with the usual packed schedule of competitions, classes, exhibitions and displays the Winter Fair offers the discerning shopper the perfect opportunity to pick up some unique and original Christmas gifts from the hundreds of tradestands situated throughout the showground, including the food hall, which will be packed full of the very best Welsh food producers tempting visitors to try the wide variety of culinary delights on offer.
As always, the fair will open its gates at 8am each morning allowing you to spend the whole day at the showground soaking up the excitement and festive atmosphere. You can even bring the kids after school with free entry after 4pm on the Monday evening for late night Christmas shopping and another great fireworks display. Visitors be able to enjoy looking around the demonstrations and exhibitions, listening to the choirs and bands performing throughout the showground, and of course our younger visitors may also be lucky enough to meet Father Christmas.
Buy your e-tickets for the Winter Fair online now. For more information visit www.rwas.wales
- Limousin heifer Sarkley Ilomena Interbreed Champion 2014
- Carcase Auction on the Tuesday of the show
- Christmas begins at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair
- Seasonal Cookery Demonstrations are in the Food Hall on both days of the Winter Fair
- Live lamb fat stock classes add to the Royal Welsh Winter Fair helping to make it one of the Finest fat stock shows in Europe
- Society officials and representatives from the Winter Fair main sponsors with the famous bronze statue of prize- winning Welsh Black bull, Caerynwch Tywysog 6th, on the bank of the River Wye in Builth Wells. (L-R) Will Hanks, Honorary Winter Fair Director, David Lewis, Chairman of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s Council, Emyr Lewis, Chairman of the Winter Fair Committee, Sian Williams from HSBC, Gary Haggaty from Welsh Government and Paul Edwards from Dunbia,
For more information about the Royal Welsh Winter Fair please go to www.rwas.wales/winter-fair