The Kent County Show are delighted that our Patron, HRH The Duke of Kent, KG will be attending on Friday 8th July.

The Duke of Kent became Patron of the Kent County Agricultural Society in 1975 and has been a firm supporter over the decades, attending the Show on numerous occasions. His last visit in 2014 saw the Duke officially open the Maidstone Exhibition Hall and helped celebrate the Kent County Agricultural Society’s 50th Anniversary at the Kent Showground in Detling.

The Duke of Kent will be met by Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount De L’Isle and introduced to a number of Kent Officials including; Kathrin Smallwood, High Sheriff; Cllr Derek Butler, Mayor of Maidstone; Alison Broom, Chief Executive of Maidstone Borough Council; Tom Gates, Kent County Council Chairman and Helen Whately, MP for Mid-Kent and Faversham.

The Duke will be accompanied on a tour of the livestock and farming areas of the Show, including the Jacob Sheep Society and Kent Young Farmers. The Duke of Kent has visited the young farmers on previous visits and has always commented about how impressed he is with their presence at the County Show.

The Duke of Kent will then be escorted to the Kent County Agricultural Society drinks reception to watch the Kent Spitfire display on the Members Lawn, where he will be presented to Members of the Society and invited guests.

HRH The Duke of Kent will be guest of honour at the President’s Lunch sponsored by Brachers LLP and Savills. This will be Lord Colgrain’s first Show accompanying the Duke on a tour of the Show since he became President in 2015.

The Duke of Kent will later embark on visits to a number of organisations of interest to him; Campaign to Protect Rural England, Dogs Trust and Guide Dogs. The official tour will then go to the Woodland Area to visit Kent Scouts in his capacity of President of the Scout Association and also meet members of the Woodland Trust.

Kevin Attwood, Chairman said, “We are delighted that HRH The Duke of Kent will be visiting the 2016 Show, his enthusiasm and interest in the County Show is heartfelt and it is a wonderful opportunity for him to see the excellent work that goes on in Kent. His knowledge about the rural and farming community makes his visits very special for the people he meets.”