Countess of Wessex to visit Westmorland County Show

HRH Countess of Wessex visiting Kendal in 2011
HRH Countess of Wessex visiting Kendal in 2011

This year’s Westmorland County Show is to get a royal visitor for the first time in its 214-year history.

Her Royal Highness Sophie, the Countess of Wessex will make the trip to Crooklands, near Kendal, on September 12.

Around 27,000 people are expected to visit the event, one of the biggest agricultural shows in the country.

It is a landmark date on the diary for farmers across northern England.

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.”

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 and made her first visit to Kendal in 2011 when Westmorland hosted the national ASAO Conference.

Jonathan Mason, ASAO chairman, added: “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 is promising, once again, the very best of rich agricultural heritage.

In addition to the livestock the public will get the chance see a variety of rural past times including falconry, ferreting and hounds in the countryside area while the food theatre will see live cookery demonstrations throughout the day, with TV chef Phil Vickery the special guest.

Mrs Knipe added: “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.”