Organisers are delighted to report that the 90th Kent County Show was enjoyed by thousands of visitors who attended over the celebration weekend.
Lucy Hegarty, show manager, commented: “The show team have been planning this 90th Show all year and we were delighted that everyone that attended helped us celebrate this huge milestone. The atmosphere was fantastic, and we were pleased that all our exhibitors, trade stands, displays and entertainment joined the party and helped make this a really special Show for our 2019 visitors.”
James Forknall, chairman of the Kent County Agricultural Society said: “As my first year as the show chairman, I was overwhelmed by the kind comments from visitors. I am delighted that our anniversary show was so enjoyable, and I was impressed with the standard throughout. This is a massive team effort and the support from our show team, members, stewards and volunteers made my job this year very easy. I feel that after 90 years we have gained the knowledge and commitment to give our visitors a fantastic experience.”
Historically, when it started in 1923, the County Show was a place for farmers, farm workers and those you worked in the countryside to meet up and see the latest equipment and services on offer. The early livestock competitions are still the same today and aim to highlight the professionalism of the industry. Today, the Show is open to everyone but still maintains the same traditions, this year emphasising the importance of farming and food production and offered the public a chance to learn about the countryside.
Livestock entries were good for the show and this ensured that visitors were able to see all the competitions and enjoy the large number of animals, particularly in the sheep area. Supreme Champion Beef was presented to Barwood and Padfield from Norfolk, and the Supreme Dairy Champion was Mrs C Moody from Essex. Supreme Sheep Champion was Miss R McMaster from Surrey.
The Kent County Agricultural Society has been privileged as a charity to have run 90 Shows and in turn have donated and given hundreds of thousands of pounds to exceptionally worthy causes. The Kent County Show is produced as part of the Society’s charitable objectives and runs to support a huge number of other charities, organisations, students and school farms in Kent. This initiative will continue in the future and the proceeds from future Kent County Shows will continue to be used to help the rural community.
Forknall concluded: “We are thrilled with this year’s Show, the showground looked wonderful, visitors were happy and the sunny and dry weather helped to swell visitor numbers. We are now looking forward to planning our next milestone in 2023 to celebrate 100 years of the Agricultural Society.”
The next edition of the show will take place on 3-5 July 2020.