It was a cold, wet and blustery day when HRH The Princess Royal arrived at the Kent County Agricultural Showground, Detling, on 2nd March, to visit Agri-Expo, 2016.
The reception party made a swift walk past the outside exhibits and thence into the shelter of the Kent Pavilion to visit the stands and talk to the exhibitors.
It can be difficult for farmers and growers to evaluate the benefits of new equipment just by looking through a catalogue, and shopping around is difficult if you need to visit several different dealerships to compare what is on offer. This was the inspiration behind this industry-wide event, giving farmers and growers the opportunity to compare rival products side by side and talk to the manufacturers before making a purchase.
That’s what inspired Agri-Expo to set up the machinery demonstration days and it’s the same logic that has now resulted in this big industry-wide event. How else can you get to talk to the manufacturers’ representatives, see rival products side by side and really get to grips with a new bit of kit before getting your cheque book out?
During the tour The Princess Royal presented the Chris Smith Trophy – awarded to The Best New Exhibitor – to Karl Glass of Kirkland UK Ltd.
The Princess Royal was presented with a posy by Miss Grace Wickham (aged 4), granddaughter of Group Manager, Mrs Karen Wheeler.The posy created by Floristry Students at Plumpton College.