85 YEARS ON FOR FRUIT SHOW
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