A Very Welsh Event: The Llandovery Sheep Festival.
Now in its second year, a unique festival celebrating everything Welsh is taking place in the town of Llandovery in the Western Brecon Beacons. The Llandovery sheep festival will take place on the last weekend in September (24th – 25th September).
The Llandovery Sheep Festival is an example of an event being organised by the community for the good of the community. This is demonstrated in the second run up to this year’s festival which will be held during the last weekend of September – 24th and 25th September 2011. A fashion Show Extravaganza emphasising the use of Wool clothing through the ages will be held on Friday 23rd September – organised by out local Young farmers club. Also local butcher Dai Mathews a near professional darts player himself is organising a darts competition at the local Greyhound Inn in Stone Street on Sunday 19th September.
Although we have received funding from the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority through the European Union funded Collabor8 project as well as Lloyds bank TSB Agriculture for the second year and this year also from our local Llandovery Town Council the main energy for the festival is provided through the people of Llandovery themselves. Llandovery has always been socially conscious as demonstrated through the large sums that they have raised for various charities in the past but the festival has really pulled the community together in order to put the town and its surrounding area on the map.
We are an old drovers market town in a rural hill farming area of Wales. In partnership with the Campaign for Wool we wish to promote the use of this natural product and by using this as a theme promote our area as a great place to visit – the centre from which to explore the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Cambrian Mountains, and Carmarthenshire.
We believe in having fun – if we enjoy where we live then others will want to join in. The Festival is our showcase – there is good food, live music, re-enactments, dragons, sheep dog trials, a male voice choir, sheep shearing, juggling, drama, moror bikes, vintage farm equipment and all held at the same time as the Uk’s national Rare coloured breeds live mart Auction!