IT’S about to celebrate its 120th year, yet Rhayader Carnival organisers are fearing for its future after revealing that they are having to come up with 75 per cent of funding for this year’s event themselves.

Carnival organisers revealed in February that they were facing a shortfall for the 2024 event, due to take place in July, as one of its major supporters had pulled its funding.

“We need to make up a shortfall this year as one of our previous supporters have cut their contribution by 75 per cent,” said Rhayader Carnival chiefs.

“So, we are going to have to come up with a few fundraisers to ensure we can continue this tradition, especially in our 120th year.


“We need to make this up before we can start with our usual fundraising to add the extra. So please come and join us and support our community award winning carnival in its 120th year.

“We need your support so we can keep creating the moments and memories for us all individually and as a community to cherish for another 120 years.”

The carnival committee has been inundated with support in recent weeks and reached out to thank people earlier this week.

They have also come up with a ‘Rhayader Carnival 1,000 Squares’ fundraiser, which people have been busily snapping up – there is a top prize of £150 up for grabs.

“As you are aware we have a shortfall before start this year, so before we can even start to do our usual fundraising we have to make this up,” said organisers.

“So, we will be creating a ‘Rhayader Carnival 1,000 Squares’; these will be £1 a square and  

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There will be cash prizes and a draw once all have been sold.

“1st number out - £150; 2nd number out - £50; 3rd number out - £30; 4th number out - £20. Not a bad return for a £1.

“If everyone that ‘likes/follows’ this page donates just £1 we will smash this.”

The committee will have a presence at the pop-up food and drink fair being held at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre this Saturday, April 6, from 10am-3pm, so you will have a chance to buy squares and find out more information.

The 120th Rhayader Carnival is set to take place on Saturday, July 20.