FEBRUARY 5, 2010: The 2010 Smallholder and Garden Festival is set to be the best yet, say organisers.

The Festival, now one of the most popular attractions in Wales, takes place this year on the Royal Welsh showground at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, on Saturday and Sunday, May 15 and 16. It is expected to attract over 25,000 visitors, and preparations are already well under way. Several new features will appear this time, including a scurry driving competition and a blacksmithing and farriery competition. A new Spring Poultry Show is also being introduced at the Festival in partnership with the Poultry Club of Wales. The Festival’s Green Horizons (Eco) Exhibition has been the focus of keen public interest since it was introduced in 2006. The exhibition is being further developed this year. As well as scurry driving, the main ring attractions will include dog agility displays, a falconry demonstration, a parade of vintage machinery and the ever-popular sheepdog demonstrations by Meirion Owen and his Quack Pack. There is also a premier open dog show. Livestock are an important feature, and sheep, pigs and goats, including Pygmy, Dairy, and Angoras, will be prominent again this year, and there will also be promotional stands for breeds of cattle and sheep, llamas and alpacas. MORE:?www.rwas.co.uk/en/garden-festival

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