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Details of Kent County Show replacement event, at Kent Showground, Detling, announced


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Details of a "scaled back" version of the annual Kent County Show have been announced.

This year, the Kent County Show, will be replaced with a smaller event called The Kent County Summer Fayre.

Visitors enjoying the ferris wheel at a previous Kent County Show Picture: Andy Jones
Visitors enjoying the ferris wheel at a previous Kent County Show Picture: Andy Jones

It is still due to take place over the weekend of July 10 and 11 at the Kent Showground in Detling.

Last month organisers announced the show had been postponed over Covid restrictions. The government aims for social distancing rules to cease on June 21, with large events going ahead, but the Kent County Agricultural Society says it cannot risk the the large-scale show being pulled "at the last minute".

In a statement released today, James Forknall, chairman of the Kent County Summer Fayre said: “After reviewing the government road map, and the final opening date being so close to the show dates, we could not take the risk of all the hard work needed to put on a large-scale event for it then to be potentially pulled at the last minute.

"With staff changes also being a factor, a smaller scale event is far more achievable within the timescale we have to organise.

"It is so important to us this year, to put on a show to help business owners grow after some very challenging times, whilst also encouraging the public to once again enjoy a great and safe day out.

A motorcycle display at a previous Kent County Show Picture: Andy Payton
A motorcycle display at a previous Kent County Show Picture: Andy Payton

"It is very much hoped, and everyone at the Kent County Agricultural Society’s aim to be able to put on a full Kent County Show in 2022."

The society says the fayre will still feature some of the well knows aspects of the county show such as show jumping, vintage vehicles, woodland area and live music.

There will also be a number of trade stands and catering options to suit all tastes.

Tickets are expected to sell out quickly as there will be a limited number available.

It is expected that tickets will be on sale towards the end of May.

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