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The Mar­den Fruit Show So­ci­ety cel­e­brates its 85th an­niver­sary this month at the Na­tional Fruit Show, tak­ing place at the Kent Event Cen­tre on 24 and 25 Oc­to­ber.

Set up af­ter the demise of the 41-year-old Mar­den, Sta­ple­hurst and Col­lier Street Agri­cul­ture As­so­ci­a­tion, Lord Corn­wal­lis, its first Pres­i­dent, is quoted as say­ing he was sure the new So­ci­ety would be of great ben­e­fit to fruit grow­ers in the dis­trict.

He had hoped it would last as long as the old one, maybe even longer and, with 74 shows un­der its belt, 10 be­ing can­celled due to the war and one due to frost, the So­ci­ety has cer­tainly matched and ex­ceeded its first Pres­i­dent’s as­pi­ra­tions.

The Show has gone from strength to strength, sym­bol­ised by its move from Mar­den to the County Show­ground dur­ing the eight­ies and is now one of the most re­spected and well-at­tended fruit com­mer­cial trade shows in the coun­try.

The num­ber of show classes has dou­bled since the show’s hum­ble be­gin­nings and now in­clude soft fruit, nuts, juice and a new cider com­pe­ti­tion as well as the tra­di­tional ap­ple and pear.

Award-win­ning ap­ples at the Na­tional Fruit Show

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