The outside area was brilliant visually. People could feast their eyes on the massive machinery which included a huge combine harvester, tractors and cultivators. Also there was a variety of livestock; piglets, calves, lambs and turkeys. The Sheep Shearing demos were really popular, as it was going on the audience were receiving talk throughs and even when the weather took a turn for the worst the sheep were moved inside the tent area so people could enjoy it while dry!
There were loads of information stands on apple production, orchards and a Shepherd Neame brewery. All of the stands gathered the crowds with FAST bringing bees to captivate audiences, there were beer tasters and apple juice tasters direct from an apple press.
To help spread the Why Farming Matters message there was a Lets Talk Farming roadshow full of interesting info and generally spreading the importance of farming.
There was plenty there for the kids too. A play area was laid out with toy tractors so parents could let them have a little fun and keep an eye on them while sampling some of the delicious Bramley Apple Pie tasters on offer and watching the cooking demos.
The demos were extremely successful, with the ‘cookery theatre’ put in place local chefs were on hand to serve up wonderful recipes including local fruit produce. There were samples and people were able to ask directly for top tips on how to make the best meals.
All in all Why Farming Matters in Kent had a great Kent Show. Through the Kent Show Facebook and Twitter sites many were kept updated on the goings on at our area and the interactive iPad surveys were able to intrigue and gather some important data to potentially help improve the website and next year’s Show!