County show to be held earlier
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.”