After two pandemic-hit years, the biggest event on the mid Wales social calendar is returning.

The Royal Welsh Show brings in huge crowds to Powys, as people from all over Wales and further afield flock to the Royal Welsh Showground at Llanelwedd, near Builth Wells, to enjoy a festival of farming.

Excitement for the event is high after the event has had to be cancelled the previous two years due to the Covid pandemic.

The show is expected to bring in a huge crowd with some 250,000 visitors in total and the leader of Powys County Council, Cllr James Gibson-Watt, said he was happy to see the show come back after its hiatus.

He said: “We are delighted to see the return of the event in our county and we extend a warm welcome to all those attending.”

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The Royal Welsh Show's livestock classes, attract more than 7,500 entries from across Wales, the UK and Europe, while the event also features a wide range of activities including forestry, horticulture, crafts, countryside sports, food and drink, trade stands and a 12-hour programme each day of entertainment, attractions and displays.

The show will be taking place with what could be a potentially record heatwave with temperatures set to be in the 30s in the early part of the week and the Builth Wells Event Safety Group is encouraging everyone to “have fun, take care and stay safe”.

The group, that brings together the county counci, emergency services and third sector bodies, also runs safety campaigns centred around the night time economy which thrives during the week.

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Royal Welsh Agricultural Society chief executive Steve Hughson has said via social media that: “The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society takes the safety of people and animals attending our event very seriously.

“As event organisers, we already have in place contingency plans for all kinds of eventualities, including hot weather.”

Other authorities have also been keen to remind people to stay safe as the potentially record-breaking heatwave sweeps in.

A Welsh Government spokesman said: “The extreme heat warning coincides with the start of the Royal Welsh Show in Llanelwedd. Visitors and exhibitors should follow all advice from the show organisers to ensure the safety and well-being of attendees and welfare of animals.

“Anyone who owns or is responsible for an animal has a legal duty to take reasonable steps to ensure its welfare needs are met.”

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