THE show must go on, as they say in the business. And while Llanbister Show is a far cry from Hollywood or Broadway, news that the event will celebrate its centenary next year safe in the knowledge the future is secure means it will hopefully remain centre stage locally for many years to come.

After the cancellation and postponement of all types of outdoor events and gatherings due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic over the last 18 months to two years, Llanbister Show and Sports – to give the event its full name – organisers had been looking forward to getting back to normal in the quiet, idyllic rural Radnorshire community, located between Llandrindod Wells and Newtown, next year, with preparations geared towards putting on the 100th edition of the spectacle in 2022. However, following a lack of enthusiasm and attendance after show chiefs advertised an initial meeting to drum up support for the centenary that took place in October, they feared the show would not even get to celebrate its milestone anniversary.

A second “emergency meeting” was then held last Thursday, November 11, at Llanbister Community Hall, which show treasurer James Grieve had implored locals, or anyone with a passion for the show’s future, to attend.

Fortunately, enough support was drummed up, and organisers delightedly announced this week that the show will indeed go on.

“The 2022 show is on following an (at last) well attended and enthusiastic emergency meeting,” said committee member David Strachan.

“A new committee was formed and the show is planned for Friday, June 3. Details will now be worked out and shared in due course.”

Meanwhile, more ideas and offers of help are invited to ensure the event is a success, with the next meeting planned for Tuesday, December 7. This will take place at 7.30pm, again at Llanbister Community Hall.

The traditional date for Llanbister Show is the Whitsun bank holiday on the last Monday in May. Not only will 2022 be the show’s 100th anniversary it is also the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The 2022 bank holiday has an additional day and has been moved to the first weekend in June, beginning Thursday, June 2.

Beacons are being lit at 9.15pm on June 2 and show organisers feel the occasion could be a truly special opportunity.

Apart from the usual pony show and jumping (the first of the year in Radnorshire), sheep show, dog show, children's athletics, art, photography and local produce (adult and children) attractions, the show is looking for fresh and exciting ideas, suggestions and support from the community so as to prepare for what could be a really fabulous event. Additional ideas so far include a walk down memory lane of previous shows, a mobile climbing wall, a fun ride, fun run and craft fair.

To register your interest in coming aboard or assisting the new committee, or if you have any interesting ideas for events at next year’s centenary show, get in touch with organisers via email, at, visit the Facebook page or phone 01597 840231. Alternatively, you can voice your opinion in person at the meeting on December 7.