Heavy rain causes problems for hundreds of Great Dorset Steam Fair visitors

The Great Dorset Steam Fair attracts around 200,000 visitors

The Great Dorset Steam Fair attracts around 200,000 visitors

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HEAVY rain and muddy conditions caused delays for hundreds trying to access the site of the Great Dorset Steam Fair.

Many people - either exhibitors or pre-booked campers - who were delayed trying to access the site on Tuesday chose to sleep in their vehicles overnight.

But event organisers said they had numerous tractors and off-road vehicles assisting visitors and the showground itself was unaffected.

Beth Ansell, PR manager, said: "It did take a bit longer to get people onto the site but we have cleared the backlog this morning.

"Anyone who slept in their vehicles overnight did so out of choice rather than come back this morning.

"At any one time we had 20 tractors and 4x4 vehicles in operation and another 20 to 30 on standby.

"We are incredibly grateful to everybody for being so patient and co-operative."

It is the second year running that heavy rain has caused disruption at the event.

 

 

The fiar starts today and runs until Sunday. 

A host of attractions are set to form a First World War commemorative exhibit. The WWI special display will be divided into three main areas - the 'Western Front', the 'Home Front' and an exhibition marquee being shared with the National Traction Engine Trust, organisers say.

Steam fair managing director Martin Oliver said: “With 2014 marking one hundred years since the outbreak of The Great War, it is fitting that the Great Dorset Steam Fair marks this special anniversary with our own tribute display.”

Exhibits at the Tarrant Hinton site will include the Horse Remount Depot, The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment Living History Group, steam engines, tractors, field guns, a tank, heavy artillery and other historic vehicles.

The Horse Remount Depot group tells the story of how horses and mules made it to the Western Front, and what their lives were like.

Prior to arriving at the steam fair site, nine of these horses will have been ridden along what was part of the Western Front, from Nieuwpoort on the Belgian coast through Ypres and into Mons.

They will also be ridden across historic battlefields such as Passchendaele and the Somme.

Mr Oliver said: “Our WWI display has been carefully and sensitively compiled and we hope that you will find it to be interesting and informative, but most of all in honour and memory of all those who served their country in the 1914-1918 conflict, millions making the ultimate sacrifice with their lives.”

There will also be a WWI women's land army display and a display from a charity building a new steam memorial engine called 'The Unknown Warrior.'

 

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9:49am Wed 27 Aug 14

Lord Spring says...

It is the second year running that heavy rain has caused disruption at the event.

At its conception at Stourpaine Bushes there was seven consecutive years of mud , makes it more of a tradition bit like a pop festival.
It is the second year running that heavy rain has caused disruption at the event. At its conception at Stourpaine Bushes there was seven consecutive years of mud , makes it more of a tradition bit like a pop festival. Lord Spring
  • Score: 7

10:04am Wed 27 Aug 14

Franks Tank says...

Now with authentic WW1 recreation of the ground conditions at Passchendale.
Now with authentic WW1 recreation of the ground conditions at Passchendale. Franks Tank
  • Score: 12

11:47am Wed 27 Aug 14

vwbournie says...

Lord Spring wrote:
It is the second year running that heavy rain has caused disruption at the event.

At its conception at Stourpaine Bushes there was seven consecutive years of mud , makes it more of a tradition bit like a pop festival.
don't think so lord, were u there on the last day last year...it was like a hot summers day...n no mud..just dust
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: It is the second year running that heavy rain has caused disruption at the event. At its conception at Stourpaine Bushes there was seven consecutive years of mud , makes it more of a tradition bit like a pop festival.[/p][/quote]don't think so lord, were u there on the last day last year...it was like a hot summers day...n no mud..just dust vwbournie
  • Score: 6

11:51am Wed 27 Aug 14

uvox44 says...

Do the Echo not care at all about the standard of journalism on their site?
The picture at the top clearly wasn't taken at the GDSF , unless they have some trees I have NEVER seen there .
I doubt the "fiar" starts today and runs until Sunday , as stated, however the Fair may well do - Echo staff at least turn the spell check on if you can't be bothered to proof read your articles!
Actually why bother to employ staff when you can get unpaid public to send in reports and pictures for you- call it citzen journalism and save yourself a fortune- oh wait at minute , you already do..
Do the Echo not care at all about the standard of journalism on their site? The picture at the top clearly wasn't taken at the GDSF , unless they have some trees I have NEVER seen there . I doubt the "fiar" starts today and runs until Sunday , as stated, however the Fair may well do - Echo staff at least turn the spell check on if you can't be bothered to proof read your articles! Actually why bother to employ staff when you can get unpaid public to send in reports and pictures for you- call it citzen journalism and save yourself a fortune- oh wait at minute , you already do.. uvox44
  • Score: 10

12:55pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Hawkstone says...

Been there, done that on more than one occasion. It is either a swamp or a dust bowl. I attended the first 20 years from its inception at Stourpaine Bushes as my grandfather was one of the first showmen. I went 2 years ago and probably won't go back, too big, full of jumble and didn't feel safe with the amount of " travellers " carrying bolt croppers. It had sadly list the original family feel.
Been there, done that on more than one occasion. It is either a swamp or a dust bowl. I attended the first 20 years from its inception at Stourpaine Bushes as my grandfather was one of the first showmen. I went 2 years ago and probably won't go back, too big, full of jumble and didn't feel safe with the amount of " travellers " carrying bolt croppers. It had sadly list the original family feel. Hawkstone
  • Score: 10

1:05pm Wed 27 Aug 14

boardsandphotos says...

uvox44 wrote:
Do the Echo not care at all about the standard of journalism on their site?
The picture at the top clearly wasn't taken at the GDSF , unless they have some trees I have NEVER seen there .
I doubt the "fiar" starts today and runs until Sunday , as stated, however the Fair may well do - Echo staff at least turn the spell check on if you can't be bothered to proof read your articles!
Actually why bother to employ staff when you can get unpaid public to send in reports and pictures for you- call it citzen journalism and save yourself a fortune- oh wait at minute , you already do..
http://m.yorkpress.c
o.uk/news/11323824.C
rowds_flock_to_Dunco
mbe_Park_Steam_Rally
/

There you go, Duncombe Park Steam Rally.
[quote][p][bold]uvox44[/bold] wrote: Do the Echo not care at all about the standard of journalism on their site? The picture at the top clearly wasn't taken at the GDSF , unless they have some trees I have NEVER seen there . I doubt the "fiar" starts today and runs until Sunday , as stated, however the Fair may well do - Echo staff at least turn the spell check on if you can't be bothered to proof read your articles! Actually why bother to employ staff when you can get unpaid public to send in reports and pictures for you- call it citzen journalism and save yourself a fortune- oh wait at minute , you already do..[/p][/quote]http://m.yorkpress.c o.uk/news/11323824.C rowds_flock_to_Dunco mbe_Park_Steam_Rally / There you go, Duncombe Park Steam Rally. boardsandphotos
  • Score: 6

2:13pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Bob49 says...

is this a 'pop up' fair ?
is this a 'pop up' fair ? Bob49
  • Score: 1

2:18pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Lord Spring says...

vwbournie wrote:
Lord Spring wrote:
It is the second year running that heavy rain has caused disruption at the event.

At its conception at Stourpaine Bushes there was seven consecutive years of mud , makes it more of a tradition bit like a pop festival.
don't think so lord, were u there on the last day last year...it was like a hot summers day...n no mud..just dust
Please read the article thoroughly and you will see the first line quote.
[quote][p][bold]vwbournie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: It is the second year running that heavy rain has caused disruption at the event. At its conception at Stourpaine Bushes there was seven consecutive years of mud , makes it more of a tradition bit like a pop festival.[/p][/quote]don't think so lord, were u there on the last day last year...it was like a hot summers day...n no mud..just dust[/p][/quote]Please read the article thoroughly and you will see the first line quote. Lord Spring
  • Score: -3

3:48pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Rasta dude says...

That's ok at least they won't be stuck in traffic all weekend because of a pointless air show in the rain
That's ok at least they won't be stuck in traffic all weekend because of a pointless air show in the rain Rasta dude
  • Score: -2

7:32pm Wed 27 Aug 14

shoppingnoodles says...

We have just come back from the steam fair and sorry to say it, but I would honestly advise people to avoid it. The conditions are absolutely appalling. The entire site is a quagmire, with mud feet deep (I do mean feet deep because of the tracks made by the tractors), with people falling and injuring themselves everywhere. It is literally impossible for small children or smaller dogs to traverse the field, so people are having to carry them. The shuttle bus has been stopped as vehicles are stuck in the mud everywhere. There are piles of wood chippings around but the organisers are not ordering them to be shovelled onto the walkways to help give some traction. Its terribly hazardous out there.
We have just come back from the steam fair and sorry to say it, but I would honestly advise people to avoid it. The conditions are absolutely appalling. The entire site is a quagmire, with mud feet deep (I do mean feet deep because of the tracks made by the tractors), with people falling and injuring themselves everywhere. It is literally impossible for small children or smaller dogs to traverse the field, so people are having to carry them. The shuttle bus has been stopped as vehicles are stuck in the mud everywhere. There are piles of wood chippings around but the organisers are not ordering them to be shovelled onto the walkways to help give some traction. Its terribly hazardous out there. shoppingnoodles
  • Score: 14

6:07pm Sun 31 Aug 14

weeks61 says...

All the negative chat about a really well organised show in very difficult weather conditions. I worked with Mike Oliver over 40 years ago,he would have said" what's up my son,if you don't want to get your hair wet don't go out in the rain".I camped Wednesday and Thursday Night and thoughally enjoyed the whole experience, got muddy, got wet,very tired but I'll be back next year what ever the weather.
All the negative chat about a really well organised show in very difficult weather conditions. I worked with Mike Oliver over 40 years ago,he would have said" what's up my son,if you don't want to get your hair wet don't go out in the rain".I camped Wednesday and Thursday Night and thoughally enjoyed the whole experience, got muddy, got wet,very tired but I'll be back next year what ever the weather. weeks61
  • Score: 1

12:14pm Tue 2 Sep 14

wend32 says...

I was at the steam fair camping from thursday till monday morning with my partner and my 3 year old daughter we had a great time the mud was not that bad on thursday it was drying out fast and i even got sun burnt on saturday we got on the show ground fine and we left with no problems i have been going to the steam fair for 39 years now and i love it rain or shine
I was at the steam fair camping from thursday till monday morning with my partner and my 3 year old daughter we had a great time the mud was not that bad on thursday it was drying out fast and i even got sun burnt on saturday we got on the show ground fine and we left with no problems i have been going to the steam fair for 39 years now and i love it rain or shine wend32
  • Score: 1
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