ORGANISERS of a rural Powys show that has been the crowning spectacle of village life for 100 years are hastily preparing for this year’s event, being held on the same weekend that the Queen celebrates her Platinum Jubilee.

As Queen Elizabeth marks her 70-year reign on the throne on June 2, Llanbister Show is celebrating its centenary in 2022.

And, as this jewel in the crown on the village calendar prepares to mark its 100th birthday, this year’s show will hold extra significance for organisers and locals alike – as six months ago it didn’t look like it was going to live to see triple figures.

Whether it was down to the doom and gloom remaining in the wake of 18 months of lockdowns and isolation following Covid-19, or a growing lack of enthusiasm in general, Llanbister Show and Sports – to give the event its full name – organisers feared for the future at the tail end of 2021.

Show chiefs failed to drum up support at an initial meeting held in October, so a second “emergency meeting” was then held a month later, with people implored to attend in order to save the event.

Fortunately, enough support was gained at that meeting, and organisers delightedly announced that the show would go on, with the centenary event planned for Friday, June 3, at Trawscoed, Llanbister (LD1 6TH).

“The organisers are grateful to all who are helping with activities or supporting the show through advertising, sponsorship and donations,” said David Strachan, the show’s programme and publicity officer.

“Anyone is invited to show their commitment by becoming a vice president for an annual donation of at least £15 (£25 for a couple), which will entitle you to free admission, refreshments, acknowledgement in the programme (if received in time) and on the day.

“Get in touch to request an application form. Volunteers are very welcome to help on and around show day, and to help ensure its future.”

David acknowledged that a few minor details and the printing of the programme remain issues to be ironed out, but he said the programme will be going to press soon.

Run-up events during show week include a horse fun run and car treasure hunt on Sunday, May 29, and a speed shearing contest, complete with barbecue and bar, on Thursday, June 2, at the village hall.


Show day itself will stage a plethora of activities and events, including a horse and pony show and jumping, dog and sheep shows, fur and feather competition, displays of bees, pygmy goats, Valais sheep, choirs and other entertainment, as well as child and adult crafts (many on a jubilee theme, and a new category – walking sticks), produce sections, bouncy castle and other children’s activities, trade, craft and community stalls, a refreshment tent and licensed bar.

The 2022 event will also see the return of the traditional adult art and photography competitions.

The art theme is ‘100 years and/or the Platinum Jubilee’. Maximum size is 12”x16” (do not frame, unless with a mount only. Do not sign but put name and contact details on the back of the picture).

The photography theme is ‘a celebration’, colour or black and white. Other conditions as for art.

Entries for both must be received between 12-1.30pm in the craft tent on show day or be delivered to a show officer in advance by arrangement.

For more information about the show, contact organisers via email on, message the Llanbister Show Facebook page, write to: Bryn Ithon (the caravan park) LD1 6TR; or phone 07821 106025 and leave a message.

Further details will appear in the printed programme and on the Facebook page.