THE annual Ruthin Flower Show is set to return with colourful sights, interesting smells and much-loved animals this month.

Hundreds of competitors and spectators are expected to flock to the Ruthin Farmers Auction as a variety of country competitions take centre stage on August 17.

The earliest records of the Ruthin show date to 1899 and many competitions have been added since. This year they include floral art, according to the theme of Welsh history, home garden or allotment, handicrafts, and produce including vegetables, chutney and lemon drizzle cake.

For the animal lovers there will be a dog show and a pet show – which includes classes for rabbits with the longest ears and guinea pigs with the most unusual colour.

There will also be activities for families and a ‘myths and magic of Wales’ children's fancy dress competition.

The show starts at 12pm and finishes at 4.30pm. Admission costs £5 for adults, family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) cost £10, an additional child costs £1 and children aged three-years-old and under enter free.

For more information about times and competition entry deadlines visit