Dorset County Show sets new record

Dorset County Show

Dorset County Show

MORE than 57,500 people flocked to the South West’s biggest two-day agricultural showcase last weekend – that’s 1,500 more than last year.

Dancing sheep, falconry displays, a man who lived with wolves, 6,000 animals, 475 tempting trade stands, and the Bolddog Lings motorbike stunt team all wowed the crowds who flocked to Cokers Frome, just outside Dorchester.

Show Secretary Sam Mackenzie-Green said: ‘We were lucky with the weather – I was so thankful that the rain held off.

‘We’re all just so delighted because it’s the range of different attractions that make the show so popular with families year after year – and parents love it that kids get in for free!

‘We have sensational headliners topping the bill like Titan The Robot and The Dancing Diggers and that gets people through the gates.

‘Then they have a wander round the livestock pens and watch the falconry or gundog demos and learn a bit about the countryside and simply have a superb family day out.

‘I have to say a big thank you to the Dorchester Agricultural Society and everyone on the Dorset County Show committee for pulling together and helping to make this happen. And of course none of it would be possible without our army of over 200 volunteers – working tirelessly from manning the main gate to stewarding the marquees and rings or delivering straw to the pig pens, this truly is a community event Dorset can be proud of!’

Visitors to the Dorchester Showground on 3 and 4 September enjoyed wandering around, sampling local food and drink, watching show-jumping, ferret racing, viewing gardening and crafts exhibits and browsing a whole A to Z of trade and charity stalls.

The prizes in the men-only baking competition were won by three men from Dorchester. First prize went to Huw Thomas, second was awarded to Roger Fooks and third prize was given to Robert Kennedy. The class had over 25 entries competing for the winning Anzac cookie title.

Find out who else won in this year’s classes and competitions, and who have been crowned the Show champions, on the Dorset County Show website at

Next year’s Dorset County Show will be held at Coker’s Frome on 1-2 September, 2012.

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