Tractors, field gun and even a tank: get ready for the Great Dorset Steam Fair

POLISHED: Steam engines at the Great Dorset Steam Fair at Tarrant Hinton

TRACTOR: The annual Great Dorset Steam Fair attracts more than 200,000 people and runs for five days

UNDER CONTROL: Managing director of the fair, Martin Oliver

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THE Great Dorset Steam Fair is rolling into the county tomorrow.

Running until Sunday, this year’s event in Tarrant Hinton will have a special focus on the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War.

A display will include tractors, field guns, a tank, heavy artillery as well as steam engines and a plethora of other exhibits.

The fair’s managing director, Martin Oliver, pictured, said the display had been carefully compiled and hopes visitors find it interesting and informative.

He added: “With 2014 marking 100 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.”

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.

Organisers boast that everything that was great in British engineering can be seen at the fair.

There will be 200 working steam engines on show with around 2,000 other working exhibits.

Among these other exhibits will be vintage cars, lorries, military vehicles, tractors, stationary engines, motorcycles, bikes and at the bottom of the show field even working heavy horses.

More than 500 trade stands will also feature, providing a variety of goods to purchase.

There will also be five entertainment pavilions, each with its own programme of live music and range of national and local beers and ales.

For more information, visit gdsf.co.uk

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12:39pm Tue 26 Aug 14

speedy231278 says...

Always wondered why this and the air show are over the same few days of the year, surely they take visitors away from one another?
Always wondered why this and the air show are over the same few days of the year, surely they take visitors away from one another? speedy231278
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3:33pm Tue 26 Aug 14

TheDistrict says...

Ones for travellers and one is for the people of Bournemouth.
Ones for travellers and one is for the people of Bournemouth. TheDistrict
  • Score: 2

4:52pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

Good. Maybe now the 'travellers' can stop making a nuisance of themselves and just annoy each other for a few weeks.
Good. Maybe now the 'travellers' can stop making a nuisance of themselves and just annoy each other for a few weeks. Letcommonsenseprevail
  • Score: 1

6:01pm Tue 26 Aug 14

60plus says...

Thank god the travellers have gone there,people in the area make sure your windows are locked.
Thank god the travellers have gone there,people in the area make sure your windows are locked. 60plus
  • Score: 1

2:26am Wed 27 Aug 14

billd766 says...

speedy231278 wrote:
Always wondered why this and the air show are over the same few days of the year, surely they take visitors away from one another?
I can remember the steam fair from way back in the 1960s and the 1980s. How long has the Air show been running now? Wikipedia says 2008. So really the newcomer should change its date.
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: Always wondered why this and the air show are over the same few days of the year, surely they take visitors away from one another?[/p][/quote]I can remember the steam fair from way back in the 1960s and the 1980s. How long has the Air show been running now? Wikipedia says 2008. So really the newcomer should change its date. billd766
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