DORSET County Show is under way today as the Dorchester showground emerged from a last-minute battering from wind and rain.

Bad weather yesterday gave the ground a soaking but show secretary Sam Mackenzie-Green promised the show would be a success - as usual.

She said: "Rain isn't really a problem because the ground drains so quickly. The marquees and everything were already in place and the main ring is in great condition."

Thousands of showgoers will be heading for the event today and tomorrow to enjoy non-stop entertainment led by daredevil motorcyclists the Flying Gunners.

Main ring highlights also include the Rockwood Dog Display team, a festival of hounds and a demonstration by falconer Jonathon Marshall.

More events run in the countryside ring with ever-popular terrier racing and ferret racing plus demonstrations by Adam's Axemen log axing team and more.

Livestock classes make a welcome return after outbreaks of Bluetongue disease meant they were cancelled last year.

Winners from the cattle, sheep, pigs and goat classes will join those from the horse and pony classes for a grand parade of champions.

Vintage vehicles, a record number of trade stands, a rabbit show, funfair, live music, food demonstrations and exhibits in the horticulture and homecraft classes and more ensure plenty to see and do throughout the weekend.