Sunshine and showers were the order of the day for this weekend’s annual Kingston Maurward Show with thousands of visitors coming through the gates to enjoy attractions and activities taking place in and around the 18th Century Mansion House, terrace, lake and gardens.
Visitors enjoyed music including Lauren Bannon and Charlotte Hewett to a backdrop of the ever-popular kayaking on the lake; plus dog shows, talented Gill Raddings’ stunt dogs, the unique Freddie’s Farm Dog and Duck Show, exhilarating Extreme Mountain Bike Show, climbing wall, trade stands, student demonstrations and much more!
This year’s main attraction was an breathtaking display of state of the art agricultural machinery including impressive combine from Velcourt Group; New Holland tractors supplied by C&O Tractors; five Case tractors with Kverneland flail topper supplied by GCS Agricentre; Kingston Maurward’s fleet of John Deere tractors plus a forager and GPS tractor supplied by Smart Agricultural Services; Deutch-Fahr tractor from MJ Fry; New Holland tractor and Clayton drill from Buglers; and Claas telehandler, Massey Ferguson tractor and GPS tractor from Highwood Agriculture.
People of all ages enjoyed locally produced food and drink and picnicked on the lawn, visited the Pimm’s tents and cider stands, and sampled the culinary delights from the Kingston Maurward chefs.
Onlookers were treated to fitness demonstrations and disciplines performed lakeside by Outdoor Adventure, Military Preparation and Uniformed Public Services students; along with hawk show and dog shows by staff and students.
New students starting in September toured their academy areas and were welcomed to the College by Principal Clare Davison in preparation for their enrolment at the end of August.
Across campus visitors enjoyed a day packed full of activities across campus including tractor driving, climbing wall, pony rides, meet the animals, tree climbing and archery.
Equestrian displays in the arena and demonstrations throughout the day proved ever popular, along with family fun at the Animal Park with circus skills, bouncy castle and guinea pig fishing!
Agricultural Lecturer, Dan Sparshott, said: “We would like to say a special thank you to all of the suppliers and dealers that contributed to making it such a successful day for all the students and visitors – with particular thanks to GCS Agricentre, Smart Agricultural Services and Highwood Agriculture for doing demonstrations throughout the day.”
Kingston Maurward College Principal, Clare Davison, said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who contributed to the overwhelming success of our Show Day. I know how much effort staff, suppliers and students put into this event, and as a result of this it showcased everything that the College does and drew universal praise from those who attended.
“I’d like to thank staff, students, suppliers, traders and of course our visitors for making this, my last Show Day as Principal, such a wonderful one.”