A VILLAGE show that feared it may not get to celebrate its 100th anniversary last year is busy preparing for this year’s 101st event.

On the same weekend as Queen Elizabeth II marked her 70-year reign on the throne on June 2 last year, Llanbister Show was celebrating its centenary.

But it was a far cry from the tail end of 2021, when organisers were left wondering if they were actually going to get to blow out the candles on their 100th birthday cake, as a dwindling committee and lack of volunteers meant the landmark occasion was in jeopardy.

Fortunately, enough support was gained following an emergency meeting and organisers delightedly announced that the show would go on.

Now, they are busy planning for this year’s show, which is to be held on Monday, May 29, the spring bank holiday.


“Llanbister Show, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2022, has a fresh and exciting line-up for this year’s show on May 29,” said organisers in an email. 

“Attractions will include a pig show supported by the Wales and Borders Pig Breeders Association, a carriage driving display and rural run under the auspices of the Mid Wales Carriage Society, a vintage and custom cars and agricultural vehicles display and, for only the second year, a fur and feather small animal show (subject to prevailing bird flu regulations).

“Traditional events like the jumping and horse shows, dog show, sheep show and sideshows continue along with art, crafts, cookery, produce, children's and photography sections with various themes including ‘coronation’.

“There will also be community and trade stalls for which field space is still available to book. A car treasure hunt and speed shearing event take place on Sunday, May 28.”

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 in 2021.

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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, the local community rallied around its showpiece event and the centenary show took place on June 3.

Despite the fact the show was able to celebrate its centenary, organisers sent out a plea following the event, urging for more people to come forward so that they are still celebrating the event in another 100 years. “We need more people to help plan, organise and co-ordinate in advance plus more general help on the day to ensure this long-running event will remain healthy for the next 100 years,” they said.

Some entries will be on the day only, others in advance. More details will be available later and in the printed programme.

Meanwhile, you can keep up to date with all the latest news and announcements by checking the Llanbister Show Facebook page, email enquiries to llanbistershow@hotmail.com or phone (leave message) 07821 106025.

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