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Music, food and animals - lots of animals - at the Kent Show at Detling today

By Alan Smith

The sun is shining and visitors are still streaming through the gates at the county showground for the Kent Show. There’s no need for wellies as the ground is fine under foot.

Organisers said that around 20,000 people attended yesterday (Friday), despite the poor weather, and today looks set for a bumper number, although the figures are not yet in as people are still arriving.

The Kent Agricultural Society, which runs the show, believes it is still on course for the projected 80,000 visitors over the course of three days - the show ends tomorrow.

Young farmers in action

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

The Duke, a patron of the Kent County Agricultural Society, is also 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.

This afternoon’s attractions include a display of vintage tractors and steam engines, dancing from Razzamatazz and music from the Kent Police Band.

This morning there was a dogs and ducks display, a parade of beagles and terrier racing.

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

The show ground at Detling is given over to nine themed areas as well as a main ring, plus a traditional fairground and six food courts.

The Bee Keepers of Kent at last year's show

Among the novel attractions this year is the Lamb National - the sheep version of its equine namesake, and a pole climbing competition, with the finals tomorrow.

But for many visitors the main attractions are the hundreds of animals on display, everything from cattle, sheep, horses, goats and ducks.

Tickets on the gate cost £45 for a family of two adults and two children; £20 for adults and £6 for children between five and 15. A senior ticket is £13. For more details visit www.kentshowground.co.uk

County show

Saturday at the County Show

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Francessa Hewitt, Fergus Hann and Briony Balcolm from Brockhill school, Hythe, with their Butchers Pairs at Kent County Show Saturday Clio Rudgard-Redsell from Kent College, Canterbury with Warwick - British White cross who got a 1st Kent County Show on Saturday Lucie Warwick from Westlands, Sittingbourne, with Denis, British Blue Cross Kent County Show on Saturday An early start in the mist for the Standard Shetland ponies and their owner Darren Wise in the saddle Scout Hannah Smith from St Lukes, Maidstone The Imps motocycle display team Heavy Horse Turnouts The Bee Keepers of Kent at last year's show Young Farmers from New Line Learning, Maidstone
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