Show turnout tops 80,000

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points of view -

More than 80,000 peo­ple at­tended this year’s Kent County Show, or­gan­is­ers have re­vealed.

De­spite a se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent which closed the M20 Lon­don­bound on the first day, the three­day cel­e­bra­tion of every­thing Ken­tish was a huge suc­cess.

Vis­i­tor num­bers were lower than ex­pected on the Fri­day but in­creased dur­ing the week­end.

The Kent County Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety en­sured an­i­mal safety and wel­fare was key dur­ing three very warm days. That meant The Grand Pa­rade of Live­stock was can­celled on the first day and on­site vets worked hard to en­sure that an­i­mals were kept cool.

Head­lin­ing the en­ter­tain­ment was The Shet­land Pony Grand Na­tional which cap­ti­vated the crowds in the main ring.

Live­stock com­pe­ti­tion en­tries were up on 2017, par­tic­u­larly in the sheep area with the high­est num­ber of en­tries in a decade.

Cat­tle en­tries were the high­est since 2012 with Folke­stone-based J Warnock & Son win- ning Supreme Dairy Cham­pion and Bar­wood & Pad­field win­ning Supreme Beef Cham­pion.

Lucy He­garty, show man­ager, said: “The in­creased live­stock en­tries, fan­tas­tic show weather, won­der­ful dis­plays and demon­stra­tions gave this year’s show a re­ally vi­brant at­mos­phere and we were also de­lighted to re­port, in spite of vis­i­tor num­bers, no prob­lems with the traf­fic flow and car park­ing.”

The dates for the 2018 show will be July 6-8.

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