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As the summer draws to a close, so does the agricultural show season. One of the last in the West Country is the Dorset County Show.
It takes place near Dorchester tomorrow and Sunday and traditionally celebrates the end of harvest.
Duncan Sleightholme reports:
Final preparations are being made for the Dorset County Show this weekend.
The show celebrates the area's agricultural sector that has been going since 1841. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend over the next two days.
But that's not the only thing to turn up in its thousands. The show secretary Sam Mackenzie-Green said, "This year, we estimate that 2,500 animals will pass through the gates."
She also added that the 'attraction needs to strike a balance'.
"Horses will naturally take the lead but polls suggest kids also want thrills, spills and screeching tyres. This year our headliner is the Kangaroo Kid Matt Coulter from Australia, who will be performing death-defying stunts on his quad bike."
Final preparations are underway for the Dorset County Show, which starts tomorrow. Sixty thousand people are expected to turn up at the showground in Dorchester to see a programme packed with agricultural competitions, showjumping, crafts and entertainment.
This year there will be a first - the Flavour of Dorset will be unveiled - said to be the first ever flavour produced on behalf of a county in Britain.