The annual show season has kicked off with Llanbister Show, which enjoyed one its best attendances in recent years.

Bank holiday Monday, May 29, brought ideal weather to the popular show, which celebrated its 100th anniversary last year.

Llanbister Show - Lewis family
The Lewis family enjoyed a day out at Llanbister Show (Geoff Morgan)

Success was helped by new attractions including an accredited pig show, as well as vintage/custom vehicles and carriage driving displays. The traditional sheep, horse and dog shows were as popular as always, along with the craft and produce competitions and a small animal show.

Llanbister Show 2023 - pig show
The pig show judging gets under way (David Strachan)
Llanbister Show winners
Art, craft and produce winners were presented their awards by Show President Jennifer Lewis (centre) (David Strachan)
Llanbister Show - vehicle display
There was plenty to see at the new vintage/custom vehicle display (David Strachan)

Vital refreshments were provided in the tea tent by Cantal YFC and the raffle, offering a hamper as first prize, ran out of tickets long before the draw!

A rich variety of stalls and sideshows supplied added interest, including a beekeeper, handmade jewellery, sheepskins and country clothing. Future Homes energy efficiency information, the Bracken Trust, Radnorshire Wildlife Trust, Wild Llandrindod, the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and a host of other local charities and community organisations were all present on the day.

Offering entertainment for young and old were Rhayader Male Voice Choir, a bouncy castle and a rodeo bull. There were also children's athletics and various games, which concluded at the end of the day with YFC members knockabout ‘It’s a Knockout’.

Llanbister Show - Rhayader Male Voice Choir
Rhayader Male Voice Choir entertain the crowds under the blue sky (David Strachan)

Weekend events before the main show included a fun horse ride, car treasure hunt and speed shearing with BBQ, which were also very well attended.

Llanbister Show - speed shearing
Sunday's speed shearing event proved as popular as ever (David Strachan)

The committee would like to thank all the judges, section leaders, stewards, stallholders, prize donors, sponsors, programme advertisers, services, suppliers and everyone else who contributed to the success of the day, but very much wants to remind everyone that nothing happens without a great of deal of organising and administration throughout the year for which helpers are still desperately needed.

Any little glitches on the day were almost entirely due to a shortage of volunteers! They also wish to put on record their thanks once again to Keith Brown from Builth Wells for his wide show expertise and help introducing the new animal events.