Schedules out for the Royal Welsh Spring Festival
12 March 2014
Picture caption: Becky Rowlands of Llanbrynmair showing off the Cattle Supreme Champion and Reserve Cow with Calf at Foot at last years Royal Welsh Spring Festival.
Once again the Royal Welsh Spring Festival on 17-18 May is gearing up to be the number one event for smallholding, gardening and sustainable living.
Over 23,000 visitors enjoyed the festival last year, which is held at the showground in Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, and the livestock section with its many traditional, rare and native breeds, is a major interest to all. This year the event will again be host to a huge number livestock classes and special awards, including 144 for sheep, 69 for pigs, 75 for goats and 13 for cattle.
This year’s livestock schedule for the festival has already been sent out to thousands of smallholders and potential exhibitors and lists the usual full range of classes. Many new and exciting classes have been listed this year, including a BPA Young Pig of the Year round and a pair and group of three competitions in the pig section. Within the cattle section best pair classes have been introduced.
The society is also pleased to schedule back-to-back dairy goat shows, which will mean a full show on both Saturday and Sunday. Best presented pen awards will also be available in most sections with judges casting their eyes over all the exhibitors throughout the weekend to find the winners.
Again, the festival will also hold a qualifying round for the Rare Breeds Survival Trust Young Shepherd of the Year contest.
“Preparations for this year’s Royal Welsh Spring Festival are in full swing and we are looking forward to hosting another successful event.” says Kay Spencer, Honorary Festival Director.
“New exhibitors are always welcome at the event and with the new mix of classes there is something for everyone to participate in and enjoy.”
Along with the many different competitions and livestock exhibitors, visitors will also be able benefit from a huge range of other attractions and an action-packed programme of events all weekend. There will be an open premier dog show, floral and horticultural displays, gardeners question time, vintage machinery displays, scurry driving, BASC gundog display, farmers’ market, show jumping and working hunter classes and, new for this year, forestry tradestands and chainsaw carving.
The closing date for livestock entries is 4 April (11 April for dairy goats only). The closing date will be strictly adhered to. For copies of the schedule and entry forms, please visit www.rwas.co.uk or call Rhian Davies on 01982 554408.