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Hadlow College enjoy success at the Kent County Show.

Posted on 13th July 2015 in Events

We have enjoyed another successful 3 day Kent County Show (10th, 11th, 12th July) at the Detling Showground with an impressive marquee packed full of faculty areas eager to showcase their part of the College.

Our Countryside department transformed a corner of the marquee into a mini woodland and alongside, Fisheries displayed a boat with fishing equipment and conducted wildlife, bird and insect identification.  With our Animal Management department you could see all about the different foods animals eat.  Sport showcased careers in Sports and Outdoor Activities, while Agriculture were testing peoples knowledge of equipment used in the industry.  Floristry recreated their impressive winning Chelsea Flower Show display and held demonstrations throughout the day.  With our Horticulture department, you could look inside a hydroponics glasshouse.  Foundation Studies had a ‘touchy feely’ box within their display to guess what was inside!  Equine had help from ‘Dave’ their life size horse, who stood very obediently within his field outside the marquee!  Children (and adults) could also have fun milking our life-size cow ‘Daisy’ and sitting in our tractor.

As well as all of the above our ABC (Apprenticeship, Business and Communities) team were conducting Apple juice tasting, and if you visited our stand you will be interested to hear that it was a close run favourite between the mixed and the Cheerfull Gold-Christmas pippin juices, with Cheerfull Gold-Christmas pippin just taking the popularity stakes.

A team of dedicated Equine students formed the official area party, working hard over the 3 days setting up the ring and assisting during classes (in very hot weather!).

Students from the Hadlow Rural Community School were also within the Hadlow marquee representing their school and assisting on the stand.

As usual our Dairy herd, led by Dairy Herd Manager Mike Deakins had great success and brought back the following results:

Four 1st, four 2nd, three 3rd, two 4th and two 5th places, plus Baxter Avril won Champion Milk Recorded - wow!

The team also enjoyed participating in the daily livestock Grand Parade – a skill in itself, controlling the animals with all of the Dairy and Beef cattle in the ring at the same time!

Our Agriculture faculty, based within the Heritage area were proud to have on display various restored & rebuilt tractors including their International 1943 Crawler, 1943 Standard Fordson model N, 1930 Weeks of Maidstone Sprayer and on the main stand a Massey Ferguson 135.  They also took part in the daily Heritage Vehicle Parade, involving driving the vehicles in a precession, to and from the Astor Ring.

Our Agriculture department, in partnership with the Kent County Agricultural Society (KCAS) also held Sheep shearing demonstrations which proved popular, as always, and this year we also showed Dog grooming demonstrations from our new PIF (Pet Industry Federation) grooming school.

In between assisting with the Apple juice tasting, Forestry and Arboriculture students impressed the crowds whilst taking part in the Husqvarna Pole Climbing competition – climbing to 25ft!

For the first time since the Hadlow Group was formed in 2014, West Kent and Ashford College joined us at the showground.  Positioned in an adjoining marquee they showcased many faculties from Carpentry and Joinery, Plumbing and Plastering through to Hair and Beauty, Photography, Music and Early Years.  On Saturday crowds were treated to impressive dance displays around the showground, by West Kent Performing arts students 'Dancivate'.

A very successful year was had by all and with the added bonus that the sun was shining!

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