Llandovery Sheep Festival returns to the town on the 26th - 27th of September and we're excited to let you know that it is looking bigger and better than ever. Here's the low down of what will be taking place over the weekend:
Drovers Derby - Back by popular demand the Drovers Derby sheep races will again feature. We've heard that an elite flock of selected woolly jumpers and racers are already in training and anybody hoping to sponsor a sheepy racer for the evening should contact Carol Arthur at Trydan Arthur.
Shop until you drop - There will be more opportunity to shop this year with the continued development and growth of the Saturday Market on the square and the numerous craft and food stalls in the marquees on the Castle Playing fields. So remember to come prepared for plenty of shopping.
Sheeptacular Shows, Shearing and Auctions - Back by popular demand is the world renowned Sheeptacular Show, this is well worth a watch. Head over to the market square to watch sheep shearing demonstrations or on the Sunday there will be the annual UK National Rare Coloured Breeds Sheep Auction Sale which draws visitors from all over the UK
Food glorious food - head to the cookery masterclasses demonstrating cooking with Welsh lamb with Chef Champion Roger Stevens, or for the chocaholics amongst us how about a demonstration by Jules Jones, the master chocolatier from Black Mountain Gold. The masterclasses will take place in the Croquet/Bowls Pavilion. Following on from the food demonstration haed for some freshly baked pizza, a lamb (well it is a sheep festival after all) burger or some farm ice cream or whatever else that has taken their fancy!
Giant Sack Race - Sunday we see the Giant Wool Sack Race around the Market Square, there is a £50 prize for the winning team so if any group wants to raise some funds enter a team by speaking to Peter at Erwlon (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sheep dog trials - Head to the Livestock Market Fields for this years sheep dog trials run with the Welsh Sheepdog Trials Association so there will be even more entries than ever!
Live Music - Head to the live stage on Saturday evening for some live music and even an opportunity to watch Wales v England in the rugby World Cup on a giant outdoor screen. For something a little more laid back there will be live poetry readings and the entire week end is rounded off with a fantastic Concert in Llandingat Church at 7pm on Sunday evening hosted by Shan Cothi with other international calibre guest artists including Catrin Finch and current Royal Harpist Hannah Stone, Aled Hall, Charlie Lovell-Jones and our own Ysgol Rhys Pritchard school choir, (tickets available at Trydan Arthur & Llanwrda Post Office).
We think you'll agree it's an action packed weekend and well worth a visit. Book your pitch with us now before it's too late.