Second show set for Swansea Valley
The Heart Of The Valley Show, which takes place in Glantawe Riverside Park, Pontardawe, this weekend, was launched last year and such was its success it is back again.
The show goes some way to filling a gap in the calendar left by the demise of the Pontardawe Agricultural Show, which came to grief shortly after the Foot and Mouth Crisis in 2001, but the main aim of Saturday’s show is educational family fun.
Organiser, Gellinudd farmer Gareth Davies, explains: “A couple of years ago I started going around the schools to talk to the children about farming and I was shocked to find how little they know.
“The Swansea Valley is still very much a rural area yet people have become disaffected with agriculture and farming.”
Mr Davies, along with his wife Alison, decided to establish the show with the firm aim of “providing the community with an affordable, enjoyable, educational fun day out, that appeals to all ages.”
Mr Davies added: “It’s not quite the same as the old Agricultural Show, there’s no show competition and Rosset it’s more educational and hands on.
“We have lots of demonstrations lined up from gun dogs to fly fishing and there’s lots of interaction.”
The inaugural show proved to be extremely popular with Mr Davies saying: “It went really well last year, we were caught out a bit as over 1,300 people turned up.”
The turn out enabled the couple to make a donation to the British Heart Foundation as their son, Dewi, has a heart condition.
Mr Davies said: “Last year we gave a donation to the British Heart Foundation but this year we just want to put something on for families, there’s very little for the whole family in the town these days; if we make a profit we will look to give a donation to charity.”
The day begins with the Banwen Hounds at 10.15am.
Other highlights are set to be the 4.15pm Shire Horse Parade, 3.05pm Vintage Tractors, and a 11.30am and 1pm coracle display on the near by River Tawe.
The dairy cow milking demonstration is at 10.30am.