We don’t think we could have asked for a better 90th Birthday. We started on Friday with blue skies and high temperatures, Saturday was a little cooler and today has been perfect Show weather apart from a sprinkling of rain in the morning. The atmosphere has been wonderful and we are grateful to all the Trade Stands that made such an effort this year. Special thanks goes to Haynes who have been at every single one of our 90 Shows.
The first day saw our Patron, HRH The Duke of Kent visit many areas of the Show, which he thoroughly enjoyed, escorted by the Kent County Agricultural Society’s new Chairman, James Forknall. We are so lucky to have such a dedicated team of volunteers who help manage and steward not only the Show, but the massive build-up which includes meetings throughout the year as well as working with hundreds of support services, trade stands, exhibitors and displays to ensure the event runs smoothly.
The Trade Stands excelled themselves this year with so many interesting activities and innovative products from the humble dog bowl to a bronze life size gorilla! They have made our visitors feel so welcome and we have had so many stands promoting the environment and educating our young visitors as well as adding a giant helping of fun.
Also a big thank you to all our displays, demonstrations and entertainment, as usual you have thrilled, surprised and shown immense skill, in particular The International Dzhigitovka Show who performed twice daily in the Main Astor Ring. We were amazed, shocked, delighted and scared in equal measure at your superb horsemanship, thank you for making our 90th Show very special.
We have been privileged as an agricultural charity to have run 90 Shows and in turn have donated and given potentially millions of pounds to exceptionally worthy causes. Every penny of profit over the 90 Shows has gone towards a huge number of other charities, organisations, students and school farms in Kent. We have to thank all our visitors, who not only come and enjoy a day out at the County Show but unknowingly help hundreds of other rural initiatives.
From the Kent County Show team, we can only say, thank you, you have all been totally awesome. Next year our Show will be on 3rd, 4th & 5th July 2020, so with the Showground beginning to empty all we need to do is say goodbye for 2019 and look forward to seeing everyone in 2020.