Fun for all with prize an­i­mals on dis­play at show

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent County Show - By Claire McWethy

Ru­ral life in all its glo­ri­ous forms was cel­e­brated at the 88th Kent County Show.

Detling was bathed in siz­zling sun­shine for the week­end’s three-day show­case as thou­sands of vis­i­tors turned out to see ev­ery­thing from pa­rades of prize live­stock to bird of prey dis­plays.

The main event this year was a Shet­land Pony Grand Na­tional qual­i­fier, which saw the run­ners and their young rid­ers tear round the As­tor Ring in a high-speed dash. The fi­nal will be at the Olympia Horse Show in De­cem­ber.

And things went from the ex­quis­ite to the ab­surd when sheep, sad­dled with cud­dly toy mon­keys, went head to head over hur­dles in the Lamb Na­tional.

Vis­i­tors to the Kent Show­ground were able to learn bushcraft skills, watch shear­ing dis­plays and even get hands on and have a go at milk­ing a life-sized model cow at the Had­low Col­lege mar­quee.

It was full steam ahead in the Her­itage Ring, where three agri­cul­tural en­gines, Queen Mary, Sir John and Wil­bur, were all cel­e­brat­ing their 100th birth­days.And the ac­tion was not con­fined to ground level, as a Spit­fire showed off its aer­o­batic prow­ess each day in an awe-in­spir­ing fly­past.

A gi­ant cheeky di­nosaur called Dex­ter kept fam­i­lies en­ter­tained along­side fun­fair rides and a hel­ter-skel­ter.

A spokesman for the show said: “I hope ev­ery­one who came along saw some­thing new, learnt some­thing different, tasted some­thing they have never tried, and just gen­er­ally had a won­der­ful fun filled day.”

For the full list of show re­sults visit kentshow­ground.co.uk

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The North School Young Farm­ers

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Kayleigh Lan­caster, 15 from the North School YFC with over­all beef cham­pion Kiwi – a home­bred pedi­gree beef short­horn

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The Dex­ter The Di­nosaur show

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The Lamb Na­tional at the county show

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Skye Yildiz, 12, from Swan Farm­ers, based in Ash­ford, with Darcy a five-month-old blonde d’Aqui­tine hef­fer, that came first in best turnout

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Queu­ing for Pimm’s at the Kent County Show

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