Last year I went to three of our local agricultural shows and this year’s shows are only a few weeks away. The first one I went to was The Tivy-Side Show, held at Troedyraur Fields, Newcastle Emlyn. This year it will be on Saturday July 14th. It is a very friendly show with plenty to see including classes for cattle, horses, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry, dog show, show jumping, vintage and working machinery. There is also a craft and produce marquee plus of course stalls and food suppliers!
The next show on the list was Cardigan show, held on Briscwm Fields, with spectacular views across Cardigan to Cardigan Island. As well as the usual classes they have a large marquee for crafts and handicrafts, this year including classes for ‘a rag doll’, ‘a wrapped or decorated birthday box/present’ and children’s classes for decorated plates, Christmas decorations and models made from buttons – something for everyone!
Last year we saw Helen Harries’ Shire horse twins from the Penlan Stud, it is very unusual for twins to survive so they had become quite famous and very cute!
The last one I visited was Nevern Show which has grown from the cosy site in Nevern to a much larger show overlooking Newport. Again the show has marquees for crafts and horticulture, livestock classes, children’s fun fur and feather exhibition, dog show, donkey rides and too much to mention! They are also featuring The Runner Pack – sheepdogs and ducks, sheep shearing, a parade of hounds by The Tivyside Hunt and birds of prey and owls which will fly during the day.
All the shows provided opportunities for sampling good local food and of course I was happy to partake! Last year we had good weather, let’s hope the same happens again! There are local shows all over Wales and of course larger shows like The Pembrokeshire Show which runs from 14 – 16 August and the largest show in Britain, The Royal Welsh at Builth Wells which is 23 – 26 July and has attractions such as the Ukrainian Cossacks, a Spitfire display and much more.