Visitors and exhibitors can expect to see a showcase of some of the finest primestock at this year’s Royal Welsh Winter Fair.
Almost 200 livestock classes, special awards and championships are set to get underway at the event on November 26-27 at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, and adding to the line-up this year will be a new young handlers competition in the sheep section.
To be judged by the 2019 president, Tom Tudor, and his wife, Ann, the competition will be open to seven to 12-year-olds and will take place at 5pm on Monday evening.
The champion and reserve champion in this class will both receive a special RWAS award and cash prize, alongside a RWAS rosette.
With a collective prize pot of £25,000 for the two days of livestock competitions, the stakes are set to be as high as ever at the event with leading stockmen from all over the UK to compete for the top accolades.
This year’s event will be officially opened by Maurice Jones, Montgomeryshire, who farms more than 810 hectares in partnership with his son, Fraser.
Their successful mixed farming enterprise comprises of beef, sheep, cereal, maize and dairy units, with the pedigree Calcourt Holstein herd spread across three holdings.
Alongside the ever-popular livestock classes, competitions are set to take place in a range of other categories including poultry, horticulture, meat hampers and butchery and home crafts.
New this year will be the Royal Welsh Winter Fair Taste Awards, to include a class for native Welsh lamb breeds.
Breed societies will be invited to enter the competition in which chefs will cook the joints of lamb for a panel of judges, and visitors, to taste and vote for their best tasting breed.
Away from the judging rings, Christmas shoppers will be able to explore the exhibitions and displays packed full of festivities, including late night shopping and the popular firework display on the Monday evening.
When: November 26 and 27, gates open at 8am
Where: The Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3SY
Car parking: Free
Admission: Adults, £15; children (5-16 years) £5; children 4 years and under, free.
Dogs: Only guide dogs and those entered into the hound show.
More information: More information available at www.rwas.wales/winter-fair