Dorset County Show!

The Dorset County Show 2017 will be held on the 2nd & 3rd September, with attendances expected to top 60,000 people.

Celebrating the best of agriculture and rural life, The Dorset County Show is run by Dorchester Agricultural Society and was established in 1840. The two-day show attracts 60,000 people and is held each year at the Dorchester Showground. Designed to promote agribusiness through traditional competitions, events, and demonstrations, the show offers the farming community the chance to exhibit the best of their wares to the public.

dorset1Nothing pretentious, the show is still mainly run by farming families and showcases the best in farming, horticulture, food and the countryside. Competitions bring out the best from the area to challenge for the cups, trophies and awards.

dorset3The Dorset County Show 2016 saw a bumper number of entries in the horse and pony sections with close to 1,000 aspiring competitors across 130 classes. Total prize money now stands at £21,000 – higher than many other county shows of this size and this is with entry fees continuing to remain lower than many horse show events around the country, 2017 looks destined to be bigger than ever.

Produce competitions showcase over 60 vegetable categories including Grow and Show in a Wheelbarrow, an Onion Championship, Bean Collection, the Longest Runner Bean, and Heaviest Marrows and Pumpkins! The hotly contested Cookery competition includes areas such as ‘One Flew Over the Cookies Nest’, ‘Les Miser-marble Cake’, ‘Captain Corelli’s Madeleines’, ‘Scone with the Wind’, and ‘Much Ado About Muffins’!dorset5

dorset2Food and Drink are abundant in all corners of the showground, entertainment is laid on and best of all it becomes one big social event for Dorchester and Dorset; nothing really has changed since its inception.

This year’s main ring attraction will include Jonathan Marshall with a falconry display on horseback, as well as horse drawn Coaches, fast paced Scurry Racing and a Grand Parade of Livestock each day showcasing some of the finest cattle, sheep, goats and pigs in the South West.      dorset6

More info:

  • Competitive classes in sheep, cattle, pigs, goats, horses, show jumping, Homecraft, horticulture and sheep shearing
  • Displays of poultry, rabbits, bee’s & honey, alpacas and hounds
  • Tickets on sale now
  • All completion entries now open online
  • Specialist “Shopping@theAvenue” marquee – high end country itemsdorset
  • Specialist “Dorset Artisan” marquee for Dorset based artisan’s
  • The “Dorset Food Hall” showcases Dorset food producers
  • Local mobile caters throughout the site
  • Local brewery’s providing public bars
  • Live Music throughout the day
  • Children under 16 enter the Show for FREE
Event Date: 
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

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