Llanfair Caereinion is gearing up to mark the landmark celebration as its annual show is returning for its 50th year.

Organisers of the event have stated that the planning for this year’s show, scheduled to be held on Saturday, September 2, has been a smoother process than 2022 when the show was getting back on its feet after being cancelled during the previous two years as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The show’s planners and volunteers are pleased to be back for 2023, as it marks the fiftieth year of the Llanfair and District Show in its modern form.

The first district show was held in 1891, but was discontinued in 1939 during the Second World War. It was not until 1973, when a proposal to revive the Llanfair Caereinion and District Agricultural and Horticultural Society received support, that the show returned.

Show President for 2023, Liz Harding, said: “I would like to thank the show committee for the honour of being elected as 2023 Show President, especially as we celebrate 50 years since the show was revived back in 1973.

“My connection with the show began in 1997, although members of my family had been involved since 1973. When I became minute secretary in 1997 I never thought I would become show secretary for many years and still today as a member of the organising committee.

In addition to the usual mix of entertainment, trade stalls, competitions and rural crafts, the 2023 show will be joined by a film crew from S4C, who will be on site to film the historic show segment for the programme Cefn Gwlad, which will be televised at a later date.

Chairman David Oliver added: “You can feel the excitement in the community, especially as it’s coming off the back of 12 months’ worth of planning.

“Llanfair Show has become one of the most prominent shows in Montgomeryshire, which also brings pressure with it, but I think this year’s dedicated and enthusiastic committee have met that pressure very well.

“Rural shows like this are a vital opportunity for entire communities to get together and celebrate what we have, while showcasing it to the wider area.

“The balance between appealing to outside visitors while also keeping it as a great day out for locals is probably the biggest challenge, but I think 2023 is shaping up to be our best year yet.”

Show organisers are still accepting entries in arts and crafts, cookery, sheep and horse catagories, while entries can be submitted at the Llanfair Show website.