Young farmers to meet duke at County Show
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Young farmers will rub shoulders with royalty at the Kent County Show this summer.
The Duke of Kent, who became patron of show organisers the Kent County Agricultural Society (KCAS) in 1975, will visit on the first day of the show, at the Kent Showground in Detling, on Friday July 8.
He will be greeted by Lord Lieutenant of Kent Viscount De L’Isle and will meet officials and tour the livestock and farming areas, including the Jacob Sheep Society and the young farmers.
He will also visit organisations taking part in the three-day event, including the Campaign to Protect Rural England, the Dogs Trust and Guide Dogs, and will tour the Woodland Area to meet scouts as he is also president of the Scout Association.
He will attend of a drinks reception with the KCAS to watch the Kent Spitfire display on the members’ lawn.
Chairman Kevin Attwood said: “His enthusiasm and interest in the county show is heartfelt and it is a wonderful opportunity for him to see the excellent work that goes on in Kent. His knowledge about the rural and farming community makes his visits very special for the people he meets.”
The duke will also be guest of honour at the president’s lunch, sponsored by Brachers LLP and Savills.
The last time he visited was in 2014 when he officially opened the Maidstone Exhibition Hall and helped mark the society’s 50th anniversary.
The European commissioner for agriculture and rural development, Phil Hogan, will be at the show on the same day and his visits will also include a tour of the young farmers’ area.
The show runs from Friday July 8 to Sunday July 10.
Tickets for families are £43.20 in advance or £48 on the gate. Adult tickets are £19.80 or £22. Child tickets are £5.40 or £6. Multiday tickets cost £50 and are only available in advance. Children under five go free and parking is free. See kentshowground.co.uk
The Duke and Duchess of Kent at the County Show in 1981, and on his last visit to the show in 2014