The Kent County & Heritage Show on the 6th - 8th July 2018
I know I say this every year but..... The effort by the Team & Committee members here at Kent Showground to get this show from a general run of the mill over priced county show with loads of market "toot" stalls & companies that wern't even based in Kent selling their wares into a really good
" What goes on in Kent County & Heritage show" is working very well.
Nearly all the stalls, exhibitors, clubs, fairground rides were from Kent. The tractors, cars, lorries were either built or had their working life in Kent.
Now my views have been said it's time for a wander around the Show...........
As you know 2018 is the Centenary of the end of WW1 and the show had......... ‘The Kent Spitfire’ which is a MK9 TA805 with the No. 234 Squadron colours. The aircraft flies in memory of No. 131 (County of Kent) Fighter Squadron. The Kent Spitfire completed an exciting display over the Kent Showground on all three Show days.
Bronze Centenary Soldier with poppies cascade & The Household Cavalry Musical Ride ( 10:30am & 3pm in the main area ) and a superb poppy display in the Gardeners tent.
World War I Display
The beautiful "Poppy Blankets" that had all the popies hand knitted and sewn on by the ladies of Stockbury W.I
War Time Gardens
Household Cavalry Musical Ride in Main Arena
and the final flag run out....a superb display
There was a good display down in the Crafty section
Steaming the willow fencing timber Pick a walking stick of your design
Trugg basket making Learning about pollution in oceans
Tractor & Heritage Section
Ice cream time for the FFA Crew.......Rodney, Chris, Luke & Peter
This year is the 100th year of the Marshall tractor and the Marshall's had a good turn out.
This Case tractor won the Rodney Gibson award at this years show.
The reason Rod gave me was " it is so un-restored and original it's beautiful.
These two Rollers caught my eye......
Bareford & Perkins 2.5 Tonne Pioneer
Originally Built in 1930. It was purchased by its present owner Robert Deards and his son as side rails,engine, gearbox,radiator,front rolls and rear axle.... oh and a box of parts. Everything else was manufatured from original plans supplied by the Road Roller Association.
Pattisson & Co Ltd Mark 3 Roller
Manufactured around 1898. This was also restored by Robert Deards together with his son ( & daughter) to a very high standard. The paint & finish detail on both these rollers was superb.
A Big thank you & Well Done & Thanks to Detling Showground Committee / Lucy Hegarty & Amy / Bernard & Steve Pike / Rodney Gibson for all listening and getting it back to a Kent County & Heritage Show.
Next year the Kent County Show will be celebrating a milestone, our 90th Show on 5th, 6th & 7th July 2019, Come and see what going on for you then ?
Words & Photos - Ernie