Kent County Agricultural Society





Kent Showground, Detling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3JF


Ø   Introduction


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The Kent County Agricultural Society was formed in 1923, following the meeting a year earlier by a group of farmers and land owners

who had begun preparations for what was to become the newly formed Kent County Agricultural Society’s inaugural event.


The Society, with 63 Members of Council, chaired by The Right Honourable The Earl of Guilford and more than 800 members approached the town of Gravesend to host the 1923 Show.

In the official guide and programme, The Mayor stated that the town was about to receive “the biggest advertisement it had been privileged to enjoy

and in the spirit of enterprise and confidence, should accept the opportunity to advance Gravesend.”


The first Kent County Agricultural Show was duly held at Wombwell Hall Park, on Tuesday 19, Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 June 1923.

Farming was feeling the start of the depression and the guaranteed income for agriculture during the First World War was coming to an end.


The Right Honourable The Earl of Darnley, the Society’s first President, reported that the first annual Show at Gravesend was a success in terms of entries for livestock,

which the Council reported were “exceptionally good, and proof that the effort to produce a County Show for Kent fulfilled a long-felt want, and was appreciated by Breeders and Agriculturalists alike.”


Not only did the 1923 catalogue show a full schedule of livestock competitions and trade stands but also included a week of evening entertainment.

Bands, concerts, drama productions, swimming exhibitions, schools’ sports and a carnival were part of a larger celebration of the town of Gravesend,

which had opened its streets for the Kent County Agricultural Society.


Since that ambitious beginning, the Society and its Kent County Show have continued to thrive and develop, which has not only brought benefits to the agricultural world,

but has also interested and entertained hundreds of thousands of visitors.


The Kent County Agricultural Society have the following Charitable Objectives and in addition make a number of awards each year.


> The improvement of agriculture, forestry, horticulture, allied industries, rural crafts and the breeding of livestock.

> The demonstration of improved methods connected with the above.

> The holding of an Annual Show in Kent.

> The encouragement of agricultural and horticultural education, research and experimental work.


Ø   Information




Kent Showground, Detling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3JF


Information / Contact


For more information please contact:


Phone: 01622 630975

Fax: 01622 630978




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Ø   Calendar / Diary


Kent County Show - 2019


Kent Showground, Detling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3JF

05, 06 and 07 July 2019


Kent County Agricultural Society are looking forward to holding their 90th Show in 2019.


The Kent County Show is a showcase event for farming, countryside and rural life.

The three day event brings together the very best of Kent with animals and food, fun and excitement and above all a sense of what ‘The Garden of England’ has to offer for the whole family.

With over 400 exhibitors and trade stands and over 300 competitions, activities and displays, the Show provides an opportunity for a wonderful day out.


The Agricultural area of the Show boasts large displays of cattle, sheep and goats as well as a large Poultry and Egg show.

Livestock competitions, sheep shearing demonstrations and modern machinery displays take place throughout the day.




Ø   Events


Events - What’s On 2019


Throughout the year the KCAS team endeavour to make full use of its wide range of facilities at the Kent Showground.


Other events scheduled to take place during 2019 are detailed on the Kent Event Centre website.


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Kent Event Centre


The Kent Showground and the Kent Event Centre are not only home to the Kent County Show,

 but they are also used as popular venues for many other varied events and exhibitions, which include:


Build it Live, FFX Tool Show, Farm Expo, Prosecco Festival, Holiday & Leisure Show, Heritage and Transport Show,
Antiques & Collectors Fairs, Kent Garden Show, Military Odyssey, Paws in the Park and the Kent Christmas Fair.




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