A fantastic and record-breaking few days have been enjoyed by thousands at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair, held at the showground in Llanelwedd, Builth Wells.
First staged in 1990 and originally just a modest one-day event, the Royal Welsh Winter Fair has become one of the most popular attractions in the British agricultural calendar. The annual event continues to maintain its position as one of the finest primestock shows in the UK, this year attracting over 700 exhibitors from Wales, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Holland.
Primarily a trade event, the Winter Fair provides a perfect opportunity to network with fellow farmers, producers, suppliers, and buyers, and has become the ideal hub to discuss and do business.
The support for the event from the industry, especially the livestock exhibitors, has been phenomenal. With strong entries from across the UK in all sections, and record entries in the sheep section, the livestock, as always, played centre stage to the busy two-day event.
One of the most prestigious titles to be won at the event each year, the Supreme Cattle Champion, was awarded to ‘Baby Guinness’, a Heifer sired by a Limousin weighing 596kg, exhibited by Edwards Brothers from Clwyd, North Wales.
This year saw over 300 tradestands, and over 60 more stands in the Food Hall where guests were able to sample the superb produce from across Wales and the border counties. The late-night shopping evening again saw thousands of visitors indulging in some Christmas shopping and enjoying the festive atmosphere and spectacular firework display.
The event was a huge success, and The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society are looking forward to welcoming everyone back next year for the Winter Fair and other events.