Royal Welsh Winter Fair to be opened by one of Wales’s most respected farmers

4 November 2016

With just over three weeks to go until the showground in Llanelwedd is full of visitors, exhibitors and superb livestock, preparations for the annual Royal Welsh Winter Fair are coming together well.

First staged in 1990 and originally just a modest one-day event, the Royal Welsh Winter Fair is now widely referred to as the finest prime stock show in Europe and has become well established as one of the most popular attractions on the British agricultural show calendar.

With over 1,300 cattle, sheep, pigs and horses as well as over 180 entries in the lamb carcass classes and over £25,000 in prize money on offer, the stakes are set for a great couple of day’s worth of competitions.

This year’s event will be officially opened by Mr Alun Evans CBE DL FRAgS. Mr Evans of Tywyn, Merionnydd, is one of Wales’s best known and well respected farmers. As a former Chair of Council for the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, Mr Evans is a loyal supporter of the society having active roles on many of the committees and still currently sitting on the Board of Directors.

Mr Alun Evans at the opening of the 2012 Royal Welsh Show while Chair of Council

Mr Evans has also played a pivotal role in the British agricultural industry and has held numerous positions over the years, including Chairman of the NFU Mutual Insurance Society, British Wool Marketing Board, Welsh Food Promotions, NFU Wales, Co-operative Development Board for Great Britain, UK Federation of Agricultural Co-operatives and the Secretary of State for Wales’s Advisory Committee for Hills and Uplands. He is a former Council member of Food from Britain

Mr Evans is a former Nuffield Scholar and received the OBE in 1985 and CBE in 1996.  

The opening ceremony will be held upstairs in the International Pavilion at 10.30am on Monday 28 November.

Following the official opening will be the presentations of the John Gittins Memorial Award 2016, the RWAS Oxford Farming Conference Bursary 2016, the 2016 RWAS/Nuffield Farming Scholarship Award and the Children’s Art and Design Competition (the winner of the 2016 Christmas card design).

Along with the usual packed schedule of competitions, classes, exhibitions and displays the two-day event will be packed full of festive celebrations including free late night shopping and a fireworks display on the Monday evening.

Away from the judging rings the very best Welsh food producers showcase their produce and Christmas shoppers will be able to explore hundreds of tradestands, demonstrations, exhibitions and displays.

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