County show to be held ear­lier

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Busi­ness Update -

Or­gan­is­ers of the Kent County Show are to bring the event for­ward by a week next year.

The show, which is held at the Kent Show­ground in Detling, near Maidstone, and at­tracted 77,000 peo­ple this year, will be held Fri­day to Sun­day, July 8, 9 and 10.

Tra­di­tion­ally it was held the fol­low­ing week­end, keep­ing to a cal­en­dar for agri­cul­tural shows across the coun­try that spanned back sev­eral decades.

The closure of the Royal Show in 2009, which took place in July, opened up space in the cal­en­dar and so the Kent County Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety, have taken the op­por­tu­nity to move for­ward their own show.

They also felt the arable harvest had been get­ting ear­lier in the year in the south east.

Chair­man Kevin Attwood said: “Kent is of­ten one of the first coun­ties to start the harvest. En­sur­ing that our farm­ers can at­tend the show with­out com­pro­mis­ing the im­por­tant first few days of harvest was a big con­sid­er­a­tion.”

Show man­ager Lucy He­garty added: “We are try­ing to en­cour­age more schools to visit. We hope that by mov­ing the show to ear­lier in July, schools will be in a bet­ter po­si­tion to bring their stu­dents.”

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