About Guilsfield Show
A selection of photos from the 1961 Guilsfield Show
Guilsfield Show is a community led event, which has been running since 1932. The show has evolved over the years and now includes separate events such as the Trail Run, Charity Lunch and Tractor Run. Guilsfield Show is traditionally on the second Thursday in August each year and we are very lucky to have the use of Fron y Fele Field as our show ground. This gives us a natural grandstand for events in the main arena.
The show is organised and run by a committed group of local volunteers who always aim to provide a fantastic series of events for everyone to enjoy. In 2018 we ran an Evening Live Music event for the first time, which proved to be a popular addition to the show..
Each year a President of the Show is elected. As part of their role the presidents' nominate the charities that will receive a donation from that years show. For 2023 the President of the Show is Gaynor Hughes. She has nominated the RJAH Orthopaedic League of Friends (Welshpool branch) and MacMillan Cancer Support as the chosen charities for this year.
Historically, the show has been mainly agricultural, but over the years has evolved to be the diverse event we now see. Cattle were previously included in the show, but this ceased when the foot and mouth crisis affected cattle movements. The show was featured on television in 1961 as part of the BBC's "Country Close Up" Series and some of the footage can be viewed here: Guilsfield Show 1961 Do you recognise anyone?
Today's show sees the field covered with a huge variety of trade stands representing many aspect of local life – food, clothes, farming and agriculture, beverages, politics, health, animals, accessories and crafts - something to interest everyone. There is always a lot for children to do – bouncy castles, a fairground, a children’s entertainer, a falconer and quad bikes to name a few. The foot races in the main arena are the children’s favourites with races for all ages. Even the adults are very competitive in theirs.
We are also lucky to showcase a display of vintage vehicles and classic cars in the main ring. The pride with which the owners display their vehicles is hard to beat and a separate tractor run event is also scheduled for 17th September.
We encourage the local community to enter our classes and there really is something for everyone with classes for horses, dogs, sheep, agricultural produce, fancy dress, cookery, horticulture, floristry, handicrafts, photography, art, poultry and more. It's a great opportunity to get involved in a local event and help to raise money for our nominated charities. What are you going to enter?