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Organisers say Great Dorset Fair was a huge success

A vintage car on its way to the Steam Fair Credit: ITV News West Country

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.

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Conditions improving at Great Dorset Steam Fair

The muddy scene at the Great Dorset Steam Fair yesterday Credit: ITV News West Country

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 car parks for day visitors are mostly dry and running as normal, but pre-paid camping vehicles may face delays due to the ground conditions in gates 3 and 4.

– Great Dorset Steam Fair statement

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Steam Fair fields become muddy quagmire

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:

Mud mayhem at the Great Dorset Steam Fair

A vintage car on its way to the Steam Fair. Credit: ITV News West Country

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 have been long queues trying to get into the muddy car parks. Credit: ITV News West Country
Our satellite truck has been stuck in the long queues! Credit: ITV News West Country

Long queues for Dorset steam fair

So near and yet so far - the destination is in site for people queuing for the Great Dorset Steam Fair Credit: ITV News

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.

Stuck in the queue for the Great Dorset Steam Fair - those waiting hope they'll get there before it opens tomorrow Credit: ITV News

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Great Dorset Steam Fair appeals for help in the mud

The Great Dorset Steam Fair is due to start tomorrow (Wednesday) Credit: ITV News

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.

We are currently experiencing adverse weather conditions at the Great Dorset Steam Fair and would welcome any assistance from any local Tractors and Drivers.

– Great Dorset Steam Fair

Steam rollers break record at Dorset Steam Fair

Steam rollers breaking the record. Credit: Great Dorset Steam Fair

The world record for the greatest number of steam rollers in a formation over a set course was broken at the Great Dorset Steam Fair yesterday (Saturday 31 August), exactly 10 years after the previous record.

The rollers in action. Over 200,000 attend the fair each year. Credit: Great Dorset Steam Fair

102 steam rollers took part in the world record attempt as part of the GDSF 2013 Roller Special, on a brand new road created in the road-making section at the event. This smashed the previous record of 32 from 31 August 2003, which was also held at the fair, near Tarrant Hinton.

Each Dorset Steam Fair gets through 200 tonnes of coal. Credit: Great Dorset Steam Fair

The attempt featured a unique range of steam, petrol and diesel rollers representing the history of road rolling. As well as examples from the more common manufacturers, there were also those on show from the rarer makes of roller, with some having travelled from abroad.

Dorset steam rollers attempt to crush world record

Steam rollers ready for action. Credit: Ellie Newbury

Organisers at the Great Dorset Steam Fair will today attempt to beat the world record for the greatest number of steam rollers in a parade formation over a set course. Around 110 steam rollers will participate, travelling on a brand new road created in the road-making section at the event.

The current record is also held by the Great Dorset Steam Fair; a total of 32 vintage steam rollers passed over a length of new road on 31 August 2003, exactly 10 years ago.

Full steam ahead for the Great Dorset fair

The Great Dorset Steam Fair has started and runs until Sunday.

The 2012 event was disrupted by heavy rain with some displays cancelled.

This year it is hoped up to 200,000 people will turn out at the event near Blandford over the next five days.

It is one of the largest steam fairs in Europe with hundreds of vintage vehicles including more than 250 tractors.

Our Reporter Martin Dowse sent this report:

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