A special display of memorabilia arranged to mark the 150th anniversary of Llanfyllin Show proved to be a great success.

There was so much interest in the popular display that the show committee arranged a coffee morning at Llanfyllin Institute on September 14 to allow more people to see it.

Included in the items loaned by supporters for the display were show schedules dating back to the early 1900s, old show posters, lots of old photographs and newspaper cuttings and artefacts.

“The display attracted many people throughout the day and there was so much interest that some were unable to see it,” said Dyfrig Jones, show chairman.

“We have therefore decided to hold a coffee morning on September 14 to provide another opportunity for people to see the display and fundraise at the same time.”

The show committee has also decided to print tea towels with the design of an original show poster from 1914, which was dated two weeks before the outbreak of the First World War. The tea towels will be launched at the coffee morning.

Despite the stormy weather, the ‘friendly show’ was declared a success, with a record 1,100 entries in the horticulture, floral art, cookery and crafts sections and 400 in the sheep section.

“It was a shame about the weather, but it was still a wonderful 150th show and I would like to thank the competitors, sponsors, exhibitors, spectators and stewards for coming,” said Mr Jones.

Television cameras from S4C’s Ffermio farming programme were there to capture the 150th show, which has been held every year apart from during the two world wars and during foot and mouth disease outbreaks. The programme will be aired at the end of August.

Good Samaritans from Llansantffraid came to the rescue of one of the event’s main attractions, a donkey derby. A vehicle carrying the donkeys broke down in Llansantffraid, so a vehicle was quickly arranged to transport the animals and the owner to Llanfyllin.

The show was held at Bodfach Park by kind permission of Simon and Maggie Baynes together with Janet Jones, this year’s president. Main show sponsor was Ridgway Rentals of St Martins, Oswestry.

Star attraction was the Broke FMX Stunt Display Team which gave two electrifying displays of freestyle motocross and acrobatic stunts.

Another show highlight was the sheep shearing competition, which brought together some of the best sheep shearers from across Wales, including new world champion Richard Jones from Corwen, who went home with the cup.

Successful national horticultural exhibitor Andrew Jones from Maesbrook chose to attend the show for the first time in 25 years and collected two cups for the most points in the open horticultural sections and for best onion exhibit.

Returning show favourites included Porthywaen Silver Band, a Village Green, a vintage machinery display, a fun fair, children’s activities and a good selection of trade stands. There are also classes for horses, sheepdog trials and dogs.

Cup winners


Best exhibit in the sheep section, Best Interbreed group, Best Suffolk group and Best Suffolk exhibit, John Pryce, Trefnanney

Most points in blue faced Leicester classes, Dei Edwards, Llanarmon DC

Best Texel exhibit and Best any other Continental breed, Daniel Jones, Llanfair

Best Hardy Welsh Mountain Sheep exhibit, G. L. and C. and A. L. Jones, Llanarmon DC

Best Blue Faced Leicester exhibit and Davies Farm Cup, Clive and Helen Roberts, Selattyn

Best Welsh Hill Speckled Face exhibit and group, Myrddin Jones, Dolanog

Best Mule section exhibit and Best Blue Texel exhibit, Mike Davies, Caersws

Best Jacob Sheep and Best female Jacob Sheep exhibit, Jackie Jones, Pool Quay

Best pen of butcher's lambs, Sarah Jones, Nantmawr

Most points in YFC classes, Rachael Lokier, Wem

Best any other British breed, Bry and Amy Jones, Porthywaen

Best Crossbreds exhibit and Best young handler 11-16 years, Ben Davies, Llanfair

Young handler under 10, Tobias Gunter, Little Ness

Best Lleyn exhibit, John Hamer, Selattyn

Best Beltex exhibit, Dafydd Owen, Aberhafesp

Best Kerry Hill exhibit, R. and R. Powell, Guilsfield

Best Native Coloured breed exhibit, P. Moyle, Llanbrynmair


Heavy horses foal best exhibit, Sharon Davies

Best open shire horses exhibit, J. and T. Pleavin-Edge, Wrexham

Best local Welsh Cob mare or gelding, Claire Brook, Llansantffraid

Best exhibit in Welsh Cob classes, J. Greive

Best Hunter classes exhibit, Adrianne Crawford

Best working hunter, B. Gonzales

Veteran's horse/pony, Nicola Smith


Highest points in local section, Best open cookery exhibit and Most points in preserves section, Les Parkes

Rich fruit cake, J. M. Gittins

Most points in local yeast classes, Bethan Davies

Most points in five to eight years, Annie Parkes

Most points four years and under, Caitlyn Owen

Most points in nine to 12 years, Ruby Evans

Most points in 13 to 17 years, Elin Lloyd Evans

Most points in YFC local classes, Hannah Lloyd


Highest points in open handicraft, Vera Griffiths

Winner of class 458, Lynda Thomas

Highest points in local children’s handicrafts, Rachel Howells and Sienna Williams

Best children’s handicraft exhibit, Rachel Howells

Best children’s handicraft exhibit four years and under, Huw Morris


Best exhibit, Catrin Jones


Llanfyllin Horticultural Society cup presented 2004 in memory of Gwyn Owen Richards, Jan Williams

Most points in open sections and Best onion class exhibit, Andrew Jones

Most points in local section residing in Llanfyllin parish, Mr M. W. Jones

Best carrot exhibit, Mr E. F. Evans

Best children’s section exhibit and Best collection of wild flowers and grasses, Eos Jones


Best bale of hay, Llion Evans


Best exhibit and most points in classes 440-445, Maggi Evans

Best exhibit in class 446, Kath Owen


Best vintage machinery exhibit, Doris Thomas


Best commercial trade stand, Rea Valley Tractors


Open shearing, Richard Jones