Around 5,000 people from across the UK attended an action-packed Llanfyllin Show on Saturday, making it one of the best events staged in the town.
Known as the “friendly show” because of the warm welcome that awaits visitors, the annual event is held at Bodfach Park, by permission of Simon and Maggie Baynes and Janet Jones. The show opened at 9am and thousands of people had streamed through the gates by 2pm.
“Everyone worked so hard to make it a fantastic show and the weather stayed fine, which was a bonus,” said delighted chairman Gordon Jones, who began his association with the event 60 years ago.
He reported strong entries in all the sections, including sheep dog trials, horses, sheep, goats, shearing, horticulture, cookery, craft, floral art, dog show and shearing.
The shearing competitions attracted 70 shearers from across Wales and New Zealand who sheared more than 1,000 lambs.
The show hosted the 2013 All Wales Circuit Shearing Final, which was won by Richard Jones of Corwen, current champion shearer of Wales. The contest brings together the 20 best sheep shearers in Wales in four different classes.
Llanfyllin Show Open section was won by Gareth Daniels, Machynlleth, who also recorded the fastest time for shearing a lamb – 22 seconds.
Spectacular aerial acrobatic display team, Above and Beyond, Newtown Silver Band, a donkey derby and terrier racing provided entertainment.
The sheep section attracted 260 entries, with John Pryce and his daughter Helen from Trefnanney winning the Interbreed group, which was judged by popular S4C presenter Dai Jones, Lanilar.
The Davies Farm Cup for the most points in the agriculture section was won by Mr J. E. Roberts, Llangynog. Most points in the cookery section went to Les Parkes, Llanfyllin, while Wilf Evans from Llanymynech obtained most points in the horticulture section.
The dog show was again popular with 100 entries for the different classes, which included the fastest sausage eating competition.
Show president was Gary Hughes, a partner in the successful Oswestry-based agricultural engineering business Hughes Bros.
Sheep: Best exhibit, best interbreed group, best group of Suffolks and best Suffolk exhibit, John Pryce, Trefnanney. Best Border Leicester bred by exhibitor, Carol Evans, Knockin. Most points in Blue Faced Leicester, James Williams, Llansantffraid. Best Texel exhibit, Alan Davies, Llanfair Caereinion. Best Welsh Hill Speckled Face group, Myrddin Jones. Best Welsh Hill Speckled Face exhibit bred by exhibitor, H. and S. Watkins, Llanfihangel. Best Mule exhibit, R. A. George, Llanidloes. Best Jacob Sheep exhibit and best female Jacob, T. and G. Jones, Chester. Best pen of butcher’s lambs, Alan Davies, Llanfair Caereinion. Any other Continental breed, Dan and Janine Jones. Most points in YFC classes, Tom Lloyd, Nantmawr. YFC butcher’s lamb classes champion, Cerys Vaughan, Llanfechain. Any other British breed, Jacqueline Heath, White Grit, Minsterley. Davies Farm Cup, Erys Roberts.
Goats: Best kid, Mrs S. Jones. Best milker, best white goat, best coloured goat, best goat in show and best goatling, Mr and Mrs Rhodes.
Horses: Heavy horses, best exhibit of open shire horses and open heavy horses, B. Davies, Park Hall Farm, Oswestry. Best shire foal, Jass Thomas, Wrexham. Best local Welsh Cob mare or gelding and best in Welsh Cob classes, Mel Jones, Llansantffraid. Best in breeding classes, Tracy Jones. Best in hunter classes, Jessica Hamlett, Pant. Best working hunter, Charlee Wilding, Selattyn. Best lead rein, Isabel Harper. Mini show pony, John Andrew, Bronheulog. Local pony child who tried hardest, Laura Burgoine. Veterans class, Emma Tudor, Welshpool. Shetlands, S. P. Beasley, Moelfryn Isaf. Junior open jumping, Charlotte Davies, Ellesmere.
Shearing: All Wales Royal Welsh Circuit Shearing final, Richard Jones, Corwen. Open and speed shear, Gareth Daniels, Machynlleth.
Cookery and preserves: Highest points in section by local competitor, most points in yeast classes (local), Les Parkes, Llanfyllin. Rich fruit cake, Sylvia Tomlin, Tregynon. Best exhibit in open cookery, Carol Jones, Pontrobert. Most points in five to eight years, Kira Sides, Oswestry. Most points in four years and under, Ella Evans, Pontrobert. Most points in nine to 12 years, Siwan Roberts, Llanwddyn. Most points in 13 to 17 years, Sian Lewis, Llanfyllin. Most points in local YFC classes, Ryan Jones, Pontrobert.
Handicrafts: Highest points in open handicraft, Jen Owen, Four Crosses. Winner of class 458, Menna Richards, Llanrhaeadr. Highest points in local children’s handicrafts, Sarah Howells. Best exhibit in children’s handicraft, Daniel Lewis. Best exhibit in vhildren’s handicraft four years and under, Erin Tomlinson. Craft Design and Technology best exhibit, Desmond Jones, Llanfyllin. Photography best exhibit, Nia Jones, Llanfyllin.
Horticulture: Most points in sections B and C and best carrot exhibit, W. F. Evans, Llanymynech. Most points in section A residing in Llanfyllin parish, Rob Davies, Meifod. Best onion exhibit, Elwyn Moreton, Llansantffraid. Best exhibit in children’s section D, Thomas Peate, Llansantffraid. Best collection of wild flowers and grasses in section D, Daniel Lewis, Llanfyllin. Agricultural produce: Best bale of hay, Katie Howells.
Floral art: Best exhibit and most points in classes 440-445, Maggie Forman, Llanrheadr. Best exhibit in class 446, Kath Owen, Dolanog.
Other cups: Best vintage machinery exhibit, John Jones, Dolanog. Best commercial trade stand, Nigel Sanderson, Sandersons Fine Furniture, Four Crosses. Best exhibit in garden section, Mike Smith, Four Crosses.
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