Dorset County Show is celebrating another successful year with more than 60,000 visitors supporting the agricultural show and there was an increase of competitive class entries compared to previous years.

The event took place on Saturday September 7 and Sunday September 8. People travelled from across the county and beyond to attend the annual event, organised by Dorchester Agricultural Society and which continues to soar in popularity with local families and Dorset’s agricultural community.

Highlights included the first Show appearance by ex-world championship motocross rider Jason Smyth and his Adrenaline Tour, which included a performance of live jaw-dropping stunts that provided plenty of thrills from start to finish.

Show attendees also had the opportunity to visit The Fabulous Food & Farming Education Area which delivered digestible information on the important role farming plays in our everyday lives, allowing children to learn while they had fun with the different interactive displays.

Will Hyde, Show Secretary, said: “I am so proud to be part of a team that works relentlessly hard each year to grow our county’s leading agricultural Show and champion the best of Dorset’s agricultural scene. It takes a driving force of 300 volunteers to build the Show and without them we wouldn’t be able to come back year-on-year to deliver the diverse range of attractions that people come to expect at Dorset County Show.”

The two-day event featured hundreds of competitive classes for cattle, sheep, goats and pigs, through to homecraft, horticulture and sheep shearing. There was also a diverse schedule of rural attractions in the main ring that included scurry racing and a Grand Parade of livestock, showcasing the finest cattle from across the south west.

New for 2019, the Show introduced ‘Dorchester Street’ to its trade stand offering. This dedicated trade avenue demonstrated the Show’s ongoing commitment to the local business community and gave attendees the opportunity to discover what’s available in the town throughout the year.

Will Hyde added: “Thank you to everyone who continues to support the Show, and the new people that came along to find out about more about the event. Through the community’s support we’re able to evolve our offering and are already planning a bigger and better Show ahead of our 180th anniversary next year.” 

Next year’s Dorset County Show will take place on Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6 2020. Please visit for more information.

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