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Rachael Garside Rachael Garside | 10:45 UK time, Monday, 18 July 2011

Welcome to the Royal Welsh showground! I had a good run up to Builth, following long lines of trailers carrying this year's livestock competitors to Builth. All around me people are putting up trade stands and caravan awnings. There's already a hive of activity outside the cattle sheds as cows are queuing up to be pressure washed for their first shower at the show.

I've had a first glimpse of the newly resurfaced main ring and have to say it looks great - not a blade of grass out of place, although with a week of unsettled weather ahead, it may not be looking quite so pristine in a couple of days' time... There's also a new building overlooking the main ring - the Members' Pavillion - and seeing as the show has 17,000 members, it should be a busy place this week.

Wandering around the site, it's always a strange feeling being here at the weekend before the show starts. The walkways, which will be crammed full of visitors, are empty and it's oddly quiet, with everyone waiting to get started. I've been chatting to a few familiar faces - people I only ever see at the show - and heard about a young couple who are spending their honeymoon at the show this year! I'll report back if I manage to track them down.

Hope you can join me live at 7am tomorrow morning on BBC Radio Wales. I'll be interviewing the environment minister, John Griffiths, speaking to a couple of Wales's Young Farmers, and finding out what members of the Welsh Blacks Society think of their new show building.

Bye for now from Builth.


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