“That was the best day out I’ve had since the days of our gymkhanas” said one of my guests who had never experienced the Llanthony Show.
“What a great Show!… we city types had a great day and even won a prize for our float for the first time in living memory (we’ve lived a long time but don’t remember much)” from ‘John Biden’s crowd’ who have been trekking with Trevelog for many years, and who, incidentally, always produce wonderful floats!
Douglas Wright, who lives here in Llanthony, explains about the Show:- “Saturday, 2nd August saw the Llanthony Valley in the Black Mountains celebrate with forty five years of one of South Wales’ most successful local agricultural shows. The Llanthony Valley and District Show Society was set up in 1961, not just to showcase the usual sheep, cattle and horse classes, the local produce and handicrafts, but to confirm the strength of this tight local community in the heart of the Black Mountains.
This Show was started by the locals back in 1961, after the BBC had run a documentary film about us called ‘The Dying Valley’. A group of neighbours took exception, and determined to prove them wrong. Over the years, the Show has established a reputation as one of the best, and truly local community events. It has always been put on by local volunteers, working without big corporate support, and on a strictly non-commercial basis. It brings us all together and makes us very proud.”
This year’s Show, set in a bowl in the mountains below Llanthony Abbey, was no exception. All the produce and animals were on display, backed by children’s sports, dog races, a beer run, and even a prize for the scruffiest Land Rover, and the best cake made by a man!
Put the date in your diary for next year – Saturday 1 August 2009.