Audrey creates 60-foot sculpture out of corn to celebrate harvest at Dorset County Show

Audrey Rolfe with the record-breaking Corn Dolly being made for the Dorset County Show

Audrey Rolfe with the record-breaking Corn Dolly being made for the Dorset County Show

First published in Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Dorchester reporter

A GIANT corn dolly is being created to celebrate the seasonal harvest at this year’s Dorset County Show.

The 60-foot creation is being made using traditional methods by Dorset resident Audrey Rolfe.

Audrey, a Guild of Straw Craftsmen member, has been making corn dollies for 37 years and is known as one of the leading exponents in the South West.

She will be making the dolly for the County Show with a traditional Long Welsh Fan design using around 3,000 pieces of straw.

The show on Saturday, September 6 and Sunday, September 7, coincided with the Harvest Moon and the event has traditionally celebrated the harvest due to its timing in the agricultural calendar.

One of the long standing attractions at the show is the extensive grain tent.

Show secretary Sam Mackenzie-Green said she was hoping the creation of the corn dolly this year would bring good fortune.

She said: “We all know that 2014 has been a challenging year for farmers in the south west though thankfully the recent run of good weather has ensured a quick and easy harvest with minimal drying costs. “The creation of this huge work of art will hopefully bestow huge amounts of good fortune on farmers for 2015.”

The dolly, already 22ft in length, is being stored on a cable reel at her home in Bridport, the ingenious idea of Audrey’s husband for keeping the dolly safe during the make. The show organisers have submitted the project to Guinness World Records and are waiting to hear if it will be confirmed as a record attempt. The completed corn dolly will be on display around the interior of the homecraft tent over the show weekend.

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