Thousands turn out in force to enjoy Llanfyllin Show


Staff reporter (Border Counties)

A BUMPER crowd of up to 5,000 people attended Llanfyllin Show on Saturday, which saw a large number of young people respond to the chairman’s appeal to get involved.

Show chairman Emyr Roberts said before the event: “It’s important that we have young people joining the show committee to bring fresh ideas and to give something back to the community where they live. It’s their show, at the end of the day.”

He was delighted with the response from young people on the day and on Sunday when they turned up in the wind and rain to help clear the showground.

"I was very impressed with the help from the younger generation during the preparations, stewarding on the day and clearing up after the show,” said a delighted Mr Roberts, who applauded the willing band of volunteers from the community that supports the event in a variety of ways behind the scenes.

“Nothing pleases the committee more than to see the public turn out in large numbers and enjoy themselves. It makes all the hard work worthwhile. I particularly enjoyed all the horse competitions and the spectacular Broke BMX Motorbike stunt display team, which packed the ringside.

"We had record entries in the sheep section and the line-up for the interbreed champion was equal to any major show in the country. We were delighted to welcome Trebor Edwards, the famous Welsh tenor, as one of the judges.”

Known as the “friendly show” because of the warm welcome that awaits visitors, the event is held at Bodfach Park, by permission of Simon and Maggie Baynes and Janet Jones. Show president was Pam Morris, who was also the floral art secretary.

Among this year’s many highlight were the breathtaking displays by the freestyle motocross stunt team, Broke FMX, which saw them jump 35 feet in the air pulling acrobatic stunts over gaps approaching 100 feet.

Other attractions include showjumping and gymkhana, a donkey derby, sheepdog trials and displays by Tanatside Hounds and Mid Wales Vintage Machinery Club. A jazz band and Piklelily Circus, a magical entertainer, kept children and adults entertained on a Village Green entertainment area, where there was also be a fun fair and Punch and Judy show.

Llanfyllin has one of the earliest established sheepdog trials in Wales and this year’s event was well supported, with the dogs running for two days.

A total of 56 shearers from across Wales and England competed in shearing competitions. The 2014 All Wales Circuit Shearing Final brought together the 20 best sheep shearers in Wales in four different classes , which saw Gwion Evans of Llansannan emerge victorious. The finalists qualified by collecting points from six of nine selected shows across Wales on the sheep shearing circuit.

The open shearing competition was won by Ian Jones of Builth Wells and the speed shearing champion was Gareth Daniels of Machynlleth.

There were an amazing 1,000 entries in the horticulture, floral art, cookery and craft tent and the goat and poultry sections were well supported.

Cup winners: 

Sheep: Davies Farm Cup for most points in the sheep section and cup for best exhibit in the sheep section, James Williams, Llansantffraid. Best interbreed group, John Pryce, Trefnanney. 

Horticulture: Most points in open section and best exhibit in Section A carrot class, Wilf Evans, Llanymynech. Most points in local section, Rob Davies, Meifod. Best exhibit in onion class, Fred Evans, Llanymynech. Best exhibit in children's section, Catherine Digwood, Llanfyllin and best garden, Mr and Mrs Kretchmer, Llanfyllin. Best collection of wild flowers and grasses, Chloe Windsor. 

Cookery: Most points in open cookery, Helen Gittens, Llansantffraid. Rich fruit cake, Helen Gittens. Most points in yeast cookery, Helen Gittens. Most points in the preserves section, Les Parkes, Llanfyllin. Best exhibit in cookery (open), R. Powell. Children’s cookery: four years and under, Greta Macdonald, Llanfyllin and Celyn Roberts, Llanfyllin. Five to eight years, Jac Jones, Llanfyllin. Nine to 12 years, Gemma Lewis, Llanfyllin. Thirteen to 17 years, Catherine Howells, Llanfyllin and Chloe Thomas, Llansantffraid. YFC, Bryn Jones, Pontrobert.

Most Points in open handicraft, Gwyneth Smith, Llanfyllin. WI Cup, Margaret Thomas, Meifod and Ann Corby, Bwlch y Cibau. Photography, Andy Jones, Colwyn Bay. 

Craft, Design and Technology, J. R. Newman, Llanfyllin. 

Floral Art: Best exhibit in classes and most points in Classes 670-675, Kath Owen, Dolanog. Best exhibit in class 446, Margo Jolly. 

Children’s handicraft: Highest number of points (local), Cari Jones, Llanfyllin. Best exhibit, Chloe Windsor, Llanfyllin. Best exhibit four years and under, Harri Best, Guilsfield. 

Horses: Highest points in heavy horses, best exhibit of open shire horses and highest number of points in open heavy horses, Sharon Davies, Park Hall, Oswestry. Best exhibit shire foal, Saunders. Best local Welsh Cob mare or gelding and best exhibit in Welsh Cob classes, Julie Evans. Best exhibit in breeding classes, Mrs Boyce. Best exhibit in hunter classes and best working hunter, Margaret Jones, Berriew. Best lead rein and local pony child who tried the hardest, Libby Pickstock. Best novice local pony, Becky Davies, Llanrhaeadr. Veterans class, Rowan Pickstock. R. E. Davies Cup Shetlands, Sue Yardley. Junior open jumping class, Hannah Beaman, Ellesmere.

Best commercial trade stand: Sandersons Fine Furniture, Four Crosses. Best exhibit in vintage machinery, Will Shingler. Best bale of hay, Llion Evans.

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