Dorset County Show attracts crowd of 60,000
A spell of dry weather brought the crowds out in force for the tail end of the agricultural showing season.
The Dorset County Show, near Dorchester, combined free-running athletes vaulting obstacles and a gaggle of geese flying high after their glider-powered master.
The two-day show is a shop window for some of the best livestock and produce from the county and beyond, and secretary Sam McKenzie-Green said the combination of main ring thrills and rural showcase was a real boost to the number attending, expected to reach 60,000.
This year, a new pig class was added to this year’s Dorset County Show in memory of a Somerset farmer who died in March.
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Nick Hunkin, a Tamworth pig breeder from Haselbury Plucknett, died of a heart attack aged 59.
He was a regular commentator at the show and one of his sows won the title “champion pig” at last year’s show.
Jenny Norman, pig chairman at the show, said: “He brought pig showing alive. He knew such a lot about the history of all the breeds and the uses of those breeds.”