Rain doesn’t stop play at the Winter Fair

3 December 2015

The weather was terrible and the carparks took a battering, but the spirit of the Royal Welsh Winter Fair still shone through with thousands of steadfast and loyal visitors braved the elements and proved to all what a fantastic and unmissable event the annual Winter Fair has become over the past 26 years.

With an opportunity to get a share of the £25,000+ of total prize money and a coveted Royal Welsh Winter Fair prize title, the standard of the exhibits was once gain exceptionally high. Exhibitors from all over the UK, including as far afield as Northern Ireland and Scotland,  converged in Llanelwedd to compete for the top accolades in the classes and competitions entering over 1,700 cattle, sheep, pigs and horses, and 161 carcasses into the classes running across the two days.

Arguably, one of the most prestigious titles to be won at the event, the supreme cattle champion, was awarded to Miss Wales, a Limousin x Limousin x British Blue heifer weighing 602kg, exhibited by Mr D Thomas from Lampeter. Miss Wales was deemed to be the finest exhibit by judges Mr Glyn Davies, who also judges the steer classes, and Mr Denley Jenkins the heifer judge.

The beast was later sold by McCartneys, the official auctioneers, for £5,400 to Mr Denley Jenkins, the judge from Newcastle Emlyn who had earlier received a rendition of ‘Penblwydd Hapus’ from the watching crowds as he celebrated his 65th birthday whilst performing his judging duties at the Winter Fair.

Denley Jenkins, the judge of the heifer classes and buyer of the Supreme Champion is presented with a bottle of bubbly by Hannah Barry, the Royal Welsh Lady Ambassador for Gwent 2015

Along with the usual packed schedule of competitions, classes and exhibitions the lights, trees, carols and other Christmas celebrations ensured that the two-day fair started the festive season perfectly. The late night shopping evening again saw thousands of visitors browsing and indulging in some Christmas shopping and enjoying the cheerful atmosphere and spectacular firework display, despite the rain.

The ever popular food hall and farmers market allowed the very best of Welsh food producers to showcase their products and the crowds flocked to discover the culinary delights available, watch live cookery demonstrations and make the most of the tempting taster on offer, with tradestand holders reporting a good level of sales.

“It is always an honour to be involved with the Royal Welsh Winter Fair, and it makes me very proud that despite the awful weather and subsequent problems, the Royal Welsh team were able to pull together and deliver another successful event, enjoyed by thousands of visitors and exhibitors.” says Winter Fair Honorary Director, Will Hanks

A summary of results:

Cattle Supreme Champion
Miss Wales, a Limousin x heifer, exhibited by Mr D Thomas from Lampeter

Baby Beef Supreme Champion
Jeanie, a continental bred Limousin x heifer, bred and exhibited by Mr J Hollingsworth from Mold, Denbighshire

Sheep Supreme Champion
A pair of Texel lambs, bred and exhibited by Steve and Sara Gibbons from Brecon, Powys

Pig Supreme Champion Pair
A pair of Landrace x Welsh, bred and exhibited by Messrs G L & J E Owens & Son

Pig Supreme Champion Single
A Welsh gilt, bred and exhibited by Mr H D & Mrs E M Roberts from Pwllheli, Gwynedd

Carcass Supreme Champion Pair
A pair of Dutch Texels, bred and exhibited by Mr R Slade from Hereford

Carcass Supreme Champion Single
A Beltex x Beltex x Texel, exhibited by Mr R Coney from Narberth, Pembrokeshire

A full list of results and winners will be available on the website shortly.