The Kent County Show 2013 has a large number of creative exhibitors and competitions that people can take part in both before and during the Show.

The annual Show takes place on 12th, 13th and 14th July and the organisers have listened to public opinion and are offering visitors the chance to take part in flower arranging, baking, sewing, craft and horticultural competitions.  With the resurgence of traditional pastimes and the popularity of programs such as ‘The Great British Bakeoff’, ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’ and ‘Kirstie’s Homemade Home’ has given the public a new appetite for creating and making.

The Creative Crafts Show will be coming to the Kent County Show for the first time. Organiser Helen Thewlis said ‘the Creative Crafts Show will provide the perfect opportunity to shop for those hard to find supplies and stock up on your favourite craft products all under one roof!  There are workshops where you can learn new techniques from the experts and a wide selection of exhibitors with all the latest in cross stitch, sewing, card making, embroidery, knitting, patchwork, quilting, scrapbooking, ribbon craft, papercrafts, stamping, beading, painting, dressmaking, tapestry, decoupage, crochet and many more popular stitch and creative crafts.  There is something for everyone.”

The Creative Crafts Show will be in the Clive Emson Conference Centre with plenty of space to house the country’s largest mobile Craft Show.  One of the easiest crafts to master is Decopatch, using the special Decopatch papers and a combined glue and varnish you can quickly and cheaply decorate a whole variety of items or simply give a makeover to a favourite item. This activity is suitable for all ages making it a perfect choice for the whole family.  Other workshops include Silk Painting, Beadwork and Papercraft.

The best known secret at the Kent County Show has always been the Kent Federation of Horticultural Societies. The large marquee is sited next to the Woodland Area and is an Aladdin’s Cave for rustic craft, pastimes and hobbyists.  The Kent Federation runs competitions for members in the horticultural sections encouraging one of the greatest spectacles – the ‘perfect’ fruit or vegetable.  This is only one of the many horticultural competitions; others include cut flowers, pot plants, bonsai, cactus, informally arranged floral exhibits and other foliage.

The Kent Federation of Horticultural Societies marquee also displays a host of entries from the traditionally named Home Economics section where competitors are asked to make cucumber sandwiches, cheese straws and carrot cake amongst others.  Classes 60 to 63 include the baking of a swiss roll with chocolate filling, five Eccles cakes and a lemon tart.  Not forgetting the ‘Preserves’ section aptly named for 2013 as ‘Take Three Jars’, which may be filled with delicious jams, jellies or chutneys, limited only by imagination and good taste.

The cake decorating competition this year will pay homage to ‘100 Years of the Chelsea Flower Show’. The intricate sugarcraft decoration of this class allows competitors to demonstrate the highly skilled art of this edible sculpture.