Dorset County Show celebrates 175 years in September

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This year’s Dorset County Show is all about making history as event organisers look forward to the 175th anniversary of being one of the country’s best agricultural festivals.

Held over two days on the first weekend of September, the event is held just north of Dorchester and is a truly enjoyable family affair. The entire event is organised by the local farming community in order to inspire, educate and entertain visitors to the show. One major theme for this year’s show will be making history.

The county show brings together farm animals, tractors, locally produced food, ale, and plenty of country crafts. There are also competitions for growers and livestock breeders. If that isn’t enough, there is a fun fair, vintage cars and cookery demonstrations. Here is a full schedule of events.

Highlights from last year’s Dorset County Show:

For those enjoying an early September cottage holiday in Dorset, the 2016 county show is offering some amazing spectacles to captivate the crowds. There will be a horse jumping event that will run in two parts with separate start and finish lines. Riders will have the chance to use an optional jump over a special fence to upgrade their times and put pressure on the competition. Held on the Saturday, the jumpers will compete for cash prizes.

Another show highlight will be the landing of the Red Devils – the British Army’s Parachute Regiment. The team is made of 12 soldiers, who will be performing an awe-inspiring freefall as part of their jump.

"It is the first time we have had a freefall parachute team at the show. It promises to be an amazing display by the Parachute Regiment who of course are all active service men and women,” said Richard Cuzens, Dorset County Show secretary.

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