Kent County Show
10 – 12 July

The Show is a real family event and is a wonderful day out with plenty of displays, entertainment and local food. With over 400 exhibitors and trade stands and over 300 competitions, activities and displays. It 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. 2015 is an exciting year for all aspects of the Show. Visitors will experience a more hands on Show with better access to the cattle marquee, shire stables on site, flower and woodland craft workshops, cookery demonstrations, more live music and the Why Farming Matters Discovery Zone. The main ring display will be the Met Police Horses Activity Ride where the public will get to see these impressive animals in action and get to meet them after the Show. Titan the Robot and the UK Pole Climbing Championships will be returning and once again the majestic spitfire will fly overhead.

It is our first time of attending so we are really looking forward to spreading the word about the work that we do to save the lives of ex-commercial hens.

Visit the official Kent County Show website here.

Kent Show update

The kid in me loved the fact that the BHWT stand was right opposite what seemed like the worlds biggest combine harvester – it moved a couple of times and there was me and hilly clapping like a pair of seals!

On Friday we were summoned to the show office and I went running up there with a load of leaflets preparing to defend us against some unknown wrong that we must have done and we’d won an award! I was suprised as we were held up in traffic and still setting up when the judges arrived at the stall – I think the fact we were all so egg-cited to be talking with other hen addicts won it for us!

Jules my volunteer on Friday was so great at chatting to all the re homers and loved my little ladies, Nutmeg, Pippa and Izzy. Izzy is a blonde and a broiler bird – proper lap chicken unlike Pippa who is a head or shoulders chicken – twit.

On Saturday we had Hilly and Gemma on site. Poor Naomi and her 7 month bump needed a nap and so tented down under the show stand table!! Funniest thing ever bless her! Proper hen hero!

We sold so much hentastic to the lovely henaddicts at the show that Naomi had to do a mercy dash to Sittingbourne and pick up more supplies! So lucky to have our wonderful Hentastic suppliers! Sunday was Hillys 25th birthday! We all sang happy birthday and the visitors thought we were singing to the hens! I did get a few chuckles when I told them that my chickens official birthday is on the last day of April (my first chicken April was born on the last day of April – she has the maddest hairdo ever) and I bake them a sweet corn and seed cake – and yes they do have a candle. Overall I loved every second of the show – spending time with my volunteers In a pure hen chat environment was utter bliss, plus getting to know Naomi better was a pleasure as she’s a riot! Literally didn’t want her to go home!

Proudest moment – watching volunteers Hilly, Jo, Jukes and Gemma chatting to visitors with such clear passion Kent team are awesome and I’m so proud of them all – best overall moment – getting to wear the BHWT colours and represent the charity that I love – nothing can make me prouder.

Karon McCarthy Sadd – Kent Co-ordinator

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