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Full steam ahead for fair
ORGANISERS hope that the Great Dorset Steam Fair will be the best ever as it marks its 45th anniversary.
The show opened to the public today with around 15,000 people expected to set up camp at the Tarrant Hinton showground near Blandford, and more than 5,000 caravans and tents pitched up already.
Organisers say it is going to be one of the best shows yet with blue skies and sunshine forecast for the five-day extravaganza.
Managing director of the fair Martin Oliver, pictured, said: “We are feeling very positive about the show this year and there is already a great atmosphere on site.
“The weather forecast is looking good and we have some excellent exhibits on offer, so I think we are set for one of our best years ever.”
The fair, known as the National Heritage Show, is one of the leading events of its type in the world and showcases national industrial and agricultural history in a blend of nostalgia and live entertainment which will be taking place until Sunday.
Operations manager Julian Hubbuck said: “Our staff are briefed and ready, the site infrastructure is set up, the showground conditions are excellent and the last few exhibitors are now arriving onsite.
“We are prepared and ready to deliver a smooth running five day show.”
Visitors are being warned to take care in the heat with sunshine and high temperatures expected.
Rob Harvey, from the St John Ambulance unit based at the Great Dorset Steam Fair, said: “We are expecting some warm weather this week, so all visitors to the Great Dorset Steam Fair are advised to bring sun cream, sun hats and plenty of water.
“Please also remember to pack any medication you will require during your visit.”
More than 100 cars, 250 commercial vehicles, 140 motorcycle exhibits, 100 military machines, 250 vintage tractors and 100 horticultural tractors will be on display.
And 60 showmens’ engines with their gleaming, twisted, brass will generate the light and power for the old roundabouts and swing-boats.
There will be more than 90 acts performing on six stages.
For more information or to book tickets visit gdsf.co.uk or call 01258 861238/861239.
WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT
MORE than 100 steam rollers will be taking part in a world record attempt at the fair.
On Saturday the organisers will attempt to break the world record for the greatest number of steam rollers in a parade formation over a set course.
Around 110 steam rollers will take part as part of the Great Dorset Steam Fair 2013 Roller Special.
The current record is also held by the fair and was set when 32 vintage steam rollers passed over a length of new road in August 2003.
The attempt will feature a unique range of steam, petrol and diesel rollers from the leading manufacturers throughout the history of road rolling.
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