Dorset County Show Set To Break New Records
8:05am 6th September 2013
Its Dorset County Show this weekend and the events had its highest ever number of craft entries.
Well over 2,000 in fact which is up 15% on last year.
It also gives the show the biggest homecraft marquee of any agricultural society in the South West.
Show Secretary Sam Mackenzie-Green said: 'This is a record number of entries and we suspect it is the highest number of entries out of all the county shows nationwide.'
She added: 'People in Dorset are very enthusiastic about homecraft. We really believe that people are learning more craft skills so that they can do it themselves, rather than invest in expensive shop-bought items.'
David Trickett, chairman of the rural Dorset branch of the Federation of Small Businesses also comments on the trend: 'In rural Dorset an increasing number of people are becoming self-employed in the crafts sector and particularly in food and drink. They are starting up micro businesses at home or in the garden shed. Over the past 2 years we have seen a 25% increase in membership from people engaged in this very sector.'
But it's not just homecraft that has exceeded all expectation in terms of level of entries. The entries to the horticulture classes are at their highest ever at 850 entries, compared to 600 last year and the grain entries in Farm produce have also peaked at 250.
Robin Pitcher, organizer of the horticulture marquee is not surprised to see such a wealth of entries. 'The weather this year has been perfect for growers. A wet spring followed by a late summer has created the best crop of flowers and vegetables for years.'