December 12 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Annual countryside, farming and produce event near Maidstone boasts number of new features
The Kent County Show is promising something for everyone, with spectacular arena displays, food, prize-winning livestock, a feast of flowers and even the chance to fly with a Spitfire.
Next month’s show boasts new additions including Dash ‘n’ Splash, a long jump competition over water for dogs; a beer and cider festival with local brews and a German-style bierkeller; a 4x4 off-road track; and children’s woodland workshops run by the Kent Wildlife Trust.
The event is at the Kent Showground, Detling, Maidstone, from July 13-15, 8am-6pm, Friday-Sunday. It is organised by the Kent County Agricultural Society, and attracts more than 80,000 visitors to one of the UK’s major countryside, farming and produce events.
The range of animals is a major draw and its equine and livestock judging attracts entrants and spectators from far and wide.
Special guests will be Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Caroline Spelman, on Friday; TV presenter Adam Henson will be there on the Saturday to present prizes to winners of the Grown In Kent initiative, which encourages schoolchildren to grow fruit and vegetables; and TV legend John Craven will visit on Sunday.
Arena displays will include the Bolddog Lings motorcycle display team, an historic vehicle display, the Band of the 24th Invicta Rifles, and parades of bloodhounds and beagles.
Special events include the chance to fly in a helicopter alongside a Spitfire, as it takes to the skies over the showground on the Friday.
Another major feature is the Flower Tent with renowned horticultural exhibitors demonstrating their expert growing and nurturing skills, with displays of roses, fuchsias, succulent cacti, carnivorous plants, shrubs, ferns, and much more.
The agricultural area is home to Why Farming Matters In Kent, which offers information about local produce, careers and training in agriculture. Visitors will also be able to see sheep-shearing demonstrations and cattle, horses and goats.
Tickets can be bought online at www.kentshowground.co.uk and via a booking hotline 01622 633060.
Kent Showground executive manager Roger Moore said: “With popular attractions returning and new events making their debuts, the Kent County Show has something for everyone. We would urge people to book their tickets as soon as possible and secure their place at Kent’s most exciting event of the year.”
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