Record num­bers en­joy a taste of coun­try life

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - County Show - By An­gela Cole and James Walker

acole@thek­m­group.co.uk Scorch­ing tem­per­a­tures brought thou­sands flock­ing to Kent’s big­gest agri­cul­tural ex­trav­a­ganza.

Un­de­terred by the show­ers that washed out last year’s Kent County Show, faith­ful vis­i­tors headed to Detling Show­ground in record num­bers.

The three day event, held from Fri­day to Sun­day, at­tracted 75,000 peo­ple – more than 20,000 higher than last year.

Or­gan­is­ers, the Kent County Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety, were de­lighted with the num­bers which in­cluded an all- time record for on­line ad­vance sales, and record num­bers through the gates on the first day.

Chair­man Kevin Attwood said: “The Kent Show­ground team work ex­tremely hard all year and whilst we planned for in­clement weather the sun­shine has been a wel­come change.”

With more than 400 stands, one of the high­lights in­cluded some un­usual four-legged stars tak­ing to the arena – Joseph’s Amaz­ing Camels.

More tra­di­tional four-legged com­peti­tors took part in qual­i­fy­ing events for the Horse of the Year Show, to be held at the NEC in Birm­ing­ham in Oc­to­ber, with Rob­bie the labrador takes a gi­ant leap in a pool past Me­gan Sell­ers on the Splash n’ Grab dog race en­tries judged by horse train­ing le­gend Jenny Pit­man.

New this year was the canine area, where there was even a dog creche.

Tra­di­tional favourites, in­clud­ing view­ing the well-groomed sheep and cat­tle; sheep shear- ing; bees and other ru­ral pas­times stood along­side the hun­dreds of trade stands and ice cream sell­ers to keep vis­i­tors of all ages busy, with a Spitfire and Hur­ri­cane fly­ing over­head in the cloud­less skies.

There was also a visit from the Min­is­ter for the En­vi­ron­ment, Food and Ru­ral Af­fairs, Owen Pater­son MP, who spent the day min­gling with farm­ers show­ing their live­stock and pro­duce and hear­ing about any is­sues they have with the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try.

Pic­ture: John Westhrop FM2695904

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Glo­ria Hu­ni­ford with se­cu­rity guard Tony Smith

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Mr G Haffenden trav­el­ling in style

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Run­ners up An­drew and Sue Ler­will from Low Wood Nurs­ery, Bethers­den

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Gar­radon Fleur 7th and Lau­ren Chit­ten­den from the North School, Ash­ford

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