Cel­e­brat­ing ru­ral life

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

One of the big­gest events of the Kent coun­try­side cal­en­dar at­tracted 75,000 vis­i­tors.

The County Show re­turned to the show­ground at Detling over the week­end.

Vis­i­tors were en­ter­tained with showjump­ing, clas­sic cars and trac­tors, fair­ground rides, fal­conry, and ev­ery­thing from live­stock to live mu­sic.

Among the most high pro­file events were a Spit­fire fly­over from Big­gin Hill, an im­pres­sive mu­si­cal ride from the House­hold Cavalry and the thrilling spec­ta­cle of the UK pole climb­ing tour­na­ment where com­peti­tors raced to the top of a 25m struc­ture.

Foot­ball fans weren’t put off ei­ther as or­gan­is­ers broad­cast the Eng­land v Swe­den match live on big screens.

With tem­per­a­tures rock­et­ing to a scorch­ing 30C some an­i­mals had to stay in the shade, miss­ing their ap­pear­ances in the show­ground’s rings.

Lord Col­grain, pres­i­dent of the Kent County Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety said “We had a won­der­ful show, the show­ground looked stun­ning, vis­i­tors were happy and glo­ri­ous sun­shine helped to cre­ate a buoy­ant at­mos­phere.”


Judg­ing at the sheep ring dur­ing the first day of the Kent County Show

Eng­land goal! Fans go wild at one of the screens mean­while, Ti­tan the Robot needs se­cu­rity on hand as he en­ter­tains the crowds of vis­i­tors

The House­hold Cavalry line up

Show go­ers make friends

One way to keep cool


Rory and Erin Collins, aged five and eight, from Can­ter­bury try out the fire suits

Mayor of Maid­stone Cllr David Naghi with Cob­tree YFC

Laughs at the fun­fair

The bird of prey show

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