Its finally here. The 85th annual Kent County Show has opened and is raring to go. With nearly 500 exhibitors this year’s show, as ever, has a huge variety of local food producers, artisan craftsmen and other great stallholders showing off their products.
Already into the morning of the first day some stunning entertainment and events have been on offer. One of the highlights of this year’s Show is that we have the pleasure of hosting this year’s Husquarna UK Pole Climbing Championships. Contestants have to scale the heights of an 80ft Douglas-fir tree. The first heat of the day saw a novice manage an impressive time of 16 seconds despite the early rain making the pole incredibly slippery!
We’ve had the minister for Food and Farming George Eustice MP down this morning to sample some of the great produce at the Why Farming Matters in Kent area and later on we have the honour of a visit from our patron HRH The Duke of Kent. The Duke will be on hand to see to the official opening of the brand new Maidstone Exhibition Hall.
The Kent Young Farmers clubs have had their hard work begin to come to fruition as the young farmers’ competitions kicked off, with only a couple more early morning starts to endure! A little later on we’ll be sampling some of our headline entertainers with James Dylan Stuntworld drawing gasps from the crowd with some incredible motorcycle stunts and the pomp and ceremony of the Band of the Corps of the Royal Engineers.
But as always its the agriculture and the animals that retain pride of place at the heart of the Show as the equine and livestock competitions begin.
We’re hoping for a great Show weekend!