Flying Start for Royal Welsh Agricultural Society
28 May 2013
A flying start for the Royal Welsh with the Bolddog Lings
The first major event of the year, the Spring Festival, started successfully once again confirming its reputation as one of the most popular attractions in Wales.
The Festival was also a successful debut for the new man in charge at Llanelwedd, Steve Hughson, who was recently appointed as chief executive of the society.
“It was a satisfactory result for the energetic and hard working team at Llanelwedd who welcomed visitors in the sunshine,” he said.
The Festival’s winning formula includes classes for livestock, many of them for rare breeds, and although aimed principally at smallholders and gardeners, it has become an event of wide general appeal to people of all ages. Since it was first run by the RWAS 13 years ago, sustainable living has also become a focus of public interest with over 30 daily workshops and talks.
The event utilised the Show main ring for the first time to stage the newly-introduced Working Hunter and show jumping classes which were well received and supported. There was a record entry in the vintage machinery section which featured the Historic Caravan Club for the first time. A pleasing number of entries were sustained in the livestock section, Open Premier Dog Show, Poultry Club of Wales Spring Show and the farriery section jointly organised by the Welsh Farriers & Blacksmiths Association is going from strength to strength. The Floral Hall, Green Horizons Sustainable Living Exhibition and Farmers Markets in Wales were brimming with ideas and produce.
The Folk Dance Festival, Scurry Driving competition, Bolddog Lings Motocross display team and others provided plenty of entertaining, action, colour and drama.
The competition results can be obtained from the society’s newly-designed website www.rwas.co.uk
The team at Llanelwedd are already looking towards the next event the summer show just 8 weeks away!