Interview with Richard Fonge ahead of this years Kenilworth Show 7th June
Written by Clay on May 29, 2014
The NFU’s Let’s Talk Farming roadshow, which tours the country annually, will be a welcome attraction at the already successful Kenilworth Show on Saturday, June 7.
The roadshow and its farming presenter, Johnny Ball, have been a huge hit with families for more than a decade and Johnny said he was looking forward to the event, which is organised annually by Kenilworth and District Agricultural Society (KADAS) and takes place on the showgrounds opposite Stoneleigh Park.
The NFU roadshow features Annabelle, a model dairy cow, has a farmland stage with Astroturf floor, a landscape backdrop with video footage of farm animals, tractors and crops, straw bale and cow-hide seats.
Warwickshire College will be leading tree climbing demos throughout the day at the event on the showgrounds opposite Stoneleigh Park after linking up with show organisers Kenilworth and District Agricultural Society (KADAS).
Diane Whitehouse, Vice Principal at Warwickshire College said, “We’re delighted to be offering tree-climbing and arboriculture demonstrations at the Kenilworth Show this year, showcasing the skills and talents of our students and staff.
“I hope the visitors will enjoy the demonstrations, as well as visiting our main stand which shows everything the college has to offer, including equine, animal welfare, agriculture and countryside courses.”
Other key attractions on the day will include performances from medieval stuntmen the Knights of Middle England who bring the historic sport of jousting to life in the 21st Century.
The event will also host a vintage display of classic cars, the chance to see real birds of prey up close, cattle, sheep and equestrian classes, while the countryside area also includes the chance to try air rifle shooting, clay shooting, gun dog scurrying and demonstrations with working dogs
There will also be plenty of children’s amusements and displays for the whole family to enjoy, alongside a host of trade stands and food and drink outlets.
Over the coming months it will visit more than 80 schools, shows and events in 26 counties reaching around one million show goers, food lovers and schoolchildren.
Farmer Johnny Ball said: “The popularity of the roadshow continues to go from strength-to-strength and it’s great talking farming and speaking to the public about where their food comes from and the work we are doing.
“This year will be the roadshow’s busiest ever and I’m delighted to be off to Kenilworth Show for the first time as it has such great pedigree and is now the main event in Warwickshire.
Gordon Gatward, from KADAS and chairman of the Kenilworth Show organising committee, added: “We’re thrilled to have secured the NFU roadshow for the Kenilworth Show and is a fantastic addition to the line-up of entertainment on the day.
For further details about the Kenilworth Show visit www.kenilworthshow.co.uk