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Kent County Show enjoys last day at the Kent Showground in Detling, with a showcase of all things Kentish

By Angela Cole

This year’s Kent County Show has been heralded as a success despite mixed weather.

More than 75,000 people attended over the three days.

Thousands of people formed a late surge on the final day, as they were encouraged by bright sunshine, after a wet start.

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A one-man band

Show organiser Lucy Hegarty said: “It was wet at first, but there’s been quite a lot of wind which has helped to lift it off.

“There are lots of people here and everything’s going really well.”

Mrs Hegarty said that the Kent Agricultural Society was “pleased” with the turnout but would not release official gate numbers until next week.

Sunday’s visitors were able to take part in a Gardeners' Question Time Roadshow, listen to music from the FB Pocket Orchestra and watch displays by the Warrenby Gundogs and the goats’ grand parade of livestock.

There was also the presentation of awards in the 25m UK Pole-Climbing Championship, the steam engines and tractors’ final display, dancing from the Kettlebridge Clogs and the Young Farmers Grand Parade.

Experienced show-goers always stay in till the closing bells, knowing that there are often bargains to be picked up from the flower tent, the soft fruit show and the wine and cheese marquee at the last minute.

Highland cattle in the Hadlow College Agricultural Ring at last year's Kent County Show

Among those who have visited are the Duke Of Kent, Lady Astor and the farming minister George Eustice.

The Duke, who is patron of the Kent County Agricultural Society, is president of the Scout Association and he made a point of visiting the Scout camp at Murrain Wood to meet the youngsters and to chat with the County Commissioner Harvey Kennett.

The Produced in Kent stall at the county show
A 'special guest' at the flower tent

Earlier in the show there was a dogs and ducks display, a parade of beagles and terrier racing.

Meanwhile, the judges have been hard at work in the Hadlow College Agricultural Rings inspecting the beef cattle and assessing the skills of the young handlers.

Setting up began earlier this week for the showcase of all things Kentish, which features hundreds of livestock, agricultural machinery, stunts and arena events and some 400 exhibitors.

Show manager Lucy Hegarty said at the beginnning of the event: "We're really pleased that ticket sales are up and we look forward to seeing all our visitors over the weekend."

There are nine themed areas as well as a main ring, plus a traditional fairground and six food courts.

Arena displays will include the James Dylan Stuntworld and the Imps Motorcycle Display Team, while a traditional marching band from the Band of the Corps of the Royal Engineers, based in Chatham, will be playing to the crowds on all three days.

Hazel Long from Canterbury tending her South Down

Firsts include the Lamb National. The sheep version of the Grand National throughout the show.

At its heart is the agricultural area, while the CLA country and game area will feature birds of prey demonstrations and sheep and duck displays.

The Lamb National

Over in the Kent Young Farmer's arena, Simone Wood, from Tovil was among the rosette winners with her Aberdeen Angus calf Pride which she has worked with since he was born 15 months ago.

The 17-year-old joined New Line Learning Academy's club six years ago.

She said: "All the young farmers help together and I couldn't have done it without them. It's the way you feed them, the breed of the animal and I like to think it is how you treat them as well.

"I couldn't believe I had won, I was just happy to be taking part. I just love cattle, livestock and showing."

Highland cattle in the Hadlow College Agricultural

For an extra Kentish touch, there will be Morris dancing on all three days, with music from a number of local dancer groups, including the Maidstone-based Razzamatazz Theatre School and the Casablanca Steps.

If the weather holds out, the Kent Spitfires will be staging a flypast each day.

A new antiques village is being hosted by Marden-based Old School Antiques this year.

Video: A round up of the weekend's event

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