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 a Sheepdog trial and an Evening Live Music event for the first time, both of which proved to be popular additions 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 2019 the Presidents of the Show are Maurice and Aisla Jones. Maurice and Aisla have lived in the local area their whole lives and their family have competed at Guilsfield Show since the 1950's. Last year their grandchildren made their competitive debut at the show, continuing the family tradition. They have nominated Hope House and MacMillan Cancer Support as the supported 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 Sunday 15th September.
We encourage the local community to enter our classes on show day 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?