The Kent County Agricultural Society support a huge number of organisations, charities and local businesses at the Kent County Show each year. In addition to offering a 50% Stand discount for all Agricultural Exhibitors the Society understands the importance of ensuring that many of the County’s best loved institutions are able to promote and attend the three day event. Steeped in history, the Show has recognised the work of many organisations throughout its 90 years and continues to place emphasis on bringing visitors a diverse event.
The second organisation that we are going to highlight is KFHS, this wonderful organisation was formed in 1938 and has been an integral part of the Show since that time. Richard Foreman is the current Hon. Secretary and is the organization’s point of contact with the Society and has worked with his team to make their area an outstanding part of the Show.
KFHS members really look forward to the show each year as many of them exhibit and a chance to meet with many old friends . The Federation`s Show Schedule is eagerly anticipated at the beginning of the year, not just by members, but also by many any other interested horticulturalists living in Kent. Non-members are able to enter many of the classes; vegetables, fruit, flowers, pot-plants, culinary and craft.
Richard said, “The Federation would be unable to afford the essential amenities that the Kent County Show provide. As an organisation we would not even consider hosting a show of our own during the summer without the generous aid provided by the KCAS. None of this would have been made possible without the generous support of the Kent County Agricultural Society to which the Federation is eternally grateful. Long may the association continue.”
Richard continued “The KCAS awards trophies for two of our competitions, the KCAS Trophy for the Best Horticultural Exhibit, and the KCAS Challenge Cup for Most Points in the Society Class. Both of these awards when engraved are presented to the winners for the coming year. These trophies, including the Federations own Cups and Trophies are a perpetual challenge and are returned each year for the next winner.”
The Kent County Show has run since 1923 and the Federation was first invited to take part at a show held in Folkestone Marine Pavilion in 1938. Apart from the break caused by the war, they returned along with the County Show to Mote Park, Maidstone in 1948 and have participated at every county show since, a total of 67 years.
The Kent County Show, Flowers and Gardens section is hugely popular with visitors and was revamped a couple of years ago to introduce a larger marquee that houses Kent Fed, The Flower Show, Floral Exhibitors and Nurseries and the Kent National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies Competition displays. Situated in front of the Woodland Area, this aromatic area has ‘gardening question time’, flower arranging demonstrations and workshops for all ages.