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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.
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.
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."
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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