MORE than 60,000 people flocked to the Dorset County Show at the weekend (September 7 and 8).

The two-day event organised by Dorchester Agricultural Society featured hundreds of competitive classes for cattle, sheep, goats and pigs, through to home craft, horticulture and sheep shearing.

Organisers said this year there was an increase of competitive class entries compared to previous events.

Activities in the main ring included scurry racing and a livestock, showcasing the finest cattle from across the south west.

Ex-world championship motocross rider Jason Smyth thrilled crowds with a stunt show during what was his Dorset County Show debut.

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

Show secretary Will Hyde 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.”

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