Dorset County Show will be a success no matter what the weather
This weekend’s Dorset County Show is set for an unexpected lift from this summer’s washout weather.
Organisers say that thanks to a three-year wet weather contingency plan the show is well prepared for whatever the British weather holds in store.
And as a result of cancellations from shows earlier in the season, the Dorset County Show has seen a boost in stand bookings.
It has also come to the rescue of the English Sheep Shearing Championships which were postponed when its host show in Yorkshire was abandoned in appalling weather.
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The competition will now be concluded at the Dorset County Show with the “shear-off” in the senior and open classes.
Alan Derryman, chairman of the English Shearing Committee and Judge at the Dorset County Show, said: “This competition is a really important one on the circuit and enables competitors to accrue points for the chance to make the team for the next World Championships scheduled to place in 2014.
“This year was a disaster for our competition as we became victims of some of the worst weather conditions we have ever experienced.”
Dorset County Show secretary, Sam Mckenzie-Green, said the event’s timing and wet weather preparations should play into the show’s hands.
She said: “Many shows have been cancelled because of the weather, leaving a huge amount of unsold stock for traders.
“Being one of the last shows on the circuit, we are fortunate enough to be able to provide an outlet for those who need it.”
Held at the Dorchester Showground, just outside the county town, on Saturday and Sunday, the show is expected to host 500 stands.
Early bookings were reportedly up nearly ten per cent on last year.
As well as the traditional displays of livestock and produce the event hosts a series of family attractions.
With the county hosting parts of the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer the show is celebrating sport and physical activities with displays and sessions in parkour, climbing and orienteering.
The line up of family entertainment sees a return of several popular attractions to the show.
Titan the robot, which has appeared on TV’s Big Brother and helped out with the Olympic Torch procession, is coming back to the showground.
BMX team Zero Gravity, started by Chris Doney in 2006 with fellow rider Andy P, is another returning act.
And Shaun Ellis, known as the “wolf man” for living with the creatures and his role in the Animal Planet TV series, is also returning to the show.