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Countess of Wessex to attend Westmorland Show

THE Westmorland County Agricultural Society is delighted to announce that Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex GCVO will be making a visit to this year’s County Show on Thursday September 12.

EM The Countess of Wessex
Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex GCVO

In recent years, Her Royal Highness has become involved in the world of agriculture and held the position of President of the Royal Bath and West of England Society before becoming Vice Patron in 2011. The Countess is also Patron of the Association of Show and Agricultural Organisations (ASAO) and made her first visit to Kendal in 2011 when Westmorland hosted the national ASAO Conference.

Christine Knipe, Chief Executive of the Westmorland Agricultural Society said: “We are absolutely thrilled that The Countess of Wessex will be visiting the Show. This is the first visit of its kind in our 214 year-history and indeed a huge honour for Westmorland County Show, our volunteers and exhibitors who help make the event what it is today.

“This year’s show will be a true celebration of Cumbria’s agricultural heritage but also a great celebration of the agricultural professionals that continue to make the county such a vibrant farming community.”

Jonathan Mason, Chairman said: “We are really looking forward to showing Her Royal Highness as many areas of our wonderful Show as possible, especially the livestock with hundreds of cattle, sheep, pigs and horses.

“We will all be pulling out the stops to make the visit as enjoyable as possible.”

The Westmorland County Show, which is held at the Crooklands Showground, near Kendal, is expected to attract more than 27,000 visitors and will once again focus on the county’s rich agricultural heritage.

In addition to the livestock the public will get the chance see a variety of rural pass times including falconry, ferreting and hounds in the Countryside Area while the Food Theatre will see live cookery demonstrations throughout the day, with special guest Phil Vickery.

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