Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Orgaisers hail game fair success after town switch
THE Welsh Game Fair saw thousands of people descend on Carmarthen's Nantyci showground at the weekend.
Despite the poor weather, organisers hailed the event as a success.
It was the first time the fair had been held in Carmarthen after bosses decided to relocate from Gelli Aur country park, in Llandeilo, since the event started in the mid-1980s.
Organiser Adrian Simpson said: "The weather on Saturday was more suited to a November day, but overall the fair was a huge success and on Sunday we saw record numbers of people visiting.
"We had some issues with car parking problems but if the showground bosses can sort them out then Nantyci could be a centre of excellence for events."
He added that Carmarthen itself had benefited from the event, with hotels and bed and breakfasts having been booked up.
He added: "I spoke to a party of 10 from Ireland who were staying for the week in Pendine, so not just Carmarthen, the county has benefited from the event."
Mr Simpson also praised marketing and tourism bosses at Carmarthenshire Council for their support.
Archive News (2012)
Game fair coup for showground as event switches from Gelli Aur
CARMARTHEN’S Nantyci showground will host the Welsh Game Fair this summer.
In what has been described as a major coup for the town, it will see the event move from Llandeilo’s Gelli Aur for the first time in its history since it started in 1986.
The Welsh Game Fair will move from Gelli Aur to Carmarthen’s Nantyci showground
Carmarthen Business leaders said they are relishing welcoming the show to the town over the weekend of June 16 and 17.
They hope the town can capitalise on the move, with the thousands who head to the fair in turn spending their money in local shops and businesses.
Carmarthen Chamber of Trade and Commerce discussed the move at last week’s meeting.
Treasurer John Nash said: “This is a great move for the show ground to be hosting the fair.
“As a chamber we should be making sure the town benefits from the Game Fair coming here.”
The popular event has been held in Llandeilo for more than a quarter of a century and bosses at the show ground said the venue is ready to welcome thousands of people.
Mr Nash added: “We need to ensure that visitors to the Game Fair, know that the town is within easy reach.
“Whether that means coming up with a marketing plan to advertise the town in the coming months or simply us as traders being on the gate with flyers and copies of the town map.
“Either way we have to make sure Carmarthen town centre sees the benefits of the game fair coming to Nantyci.”
Previous years have seen the businesses along with the bed and breakfast and hotel industry benefit in Llandeilo due to the event.
The chamber the fair will have a similar impact Carmarthen with accommodation booked up weeks ahead.
Speaking generally about the Nantyci site and the town over the coming year, chamber member Andy James said Carmarthen had a strong calendar of events on offer.
Bosses at the showground are equally excited about the prestigious game fair coming to the town.
Ellis Davies, treasurer of the United Counties Agricultural Society, which runs the show ground said: “Being able to host the game fair at Nantyci proves that the showground is attracting top events over the coming months.
“It is in a prime location on the edge of Carmarthen and served by the A40 dual carriageway.”
He added: “We have close links with the county’s tourism association and are going to be in talks with them about marketing the event.”