A proud tra­di­tion

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On the last Satur­day in April, the streets of Cardi­gan, south Wales, come alive with horses and vin­tage ve­hi­cles. Known as Sad­wrn Barlys, or Barley Satur­day, this cel­e­bra­tion of ru­ral life was first held in 1871. Then it saw farm­ers gather to show off the stal­lions they were of­fer­ing at stud. It was also used as a half-yearly hir­ing fair for farm staff. The name comes from its other pur­pose as a cel­e­bra­tion of the end of the spring sow­ing sea­son, when barley was the last crop to be sown. It was orig­i­nally held on the out­skirts of the town at Pen­sar­nau Pool, around which the horses would pa­rade. Then, in 1877, the pool was filled in and it moved to the streets of the town. Sus­pended dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, Sad­wrn Barlys was res­ur­rected in 1961. After the judg­ing of the stal­lion and heavy horse classes, the horse judged Supreme Cham­pion leads the pa­rade through Cardi­gan’s streets. The 2017 event takes place on 29 April.


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