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Organisers of the Great Dorset Steam Fair say it was a huge success despite a muddy start. Visitors praised a special World War One exhibit recreating life in the trenches. Rain at the start of last week caused boggy conditions. But the ground dried up by the weekend and sunshine help bring in the crowds.
The organisers of the Great Dorset Steam Fair say that conditions are still very muddy but are improving this morning. Yesterday many visitors to the fair were stranded for hours waiting to be towed through the mud.
The wet weather has proved a challenge for people going to one of the West Country's biggest events.
The Great Dorset Steam Fair got underway today as heavy rain turned fields into a quagmire.
Traffic queued for up to four hours to get on to the site near Blandford Forum.
Organisers had earlier appealed for extra tractors to help tow vehicles through muddy fields.
Our Dorset correspondent Duncan Sleightholme has spent the day there:
Wet weather has proved a challenge for people going to The Great Dorset Steam Fair.
Many exhibitors were forced to sleep overnight in their cars when they couldn't get to the muddy camping fields.
There have been queues of over 4 hours to get into the car parks, as visitors head to the site despite the mud.
There are long queues for people trying to get on site at the Great Dorset Steam Fair.
The event at Tarrant Hinton near Blandford starts tomorrow but heavy showers have made it difficult for vehicles trying to get on and move around the site today.
Organisers of The Great Dorset Steam Fair at Tarrant Hinton near Blandford say it is still on for tomorrow, despite the bad weather.
Exhibitors and campers are arriving at the site and the fair is appealing for owners of 4x4s and Landrovers to help out in the mud.