Dorset County Show calls for local suppliers to exhibit this September

Dorset County Show organisers are encouraging local businesses to take part in ‘Dorchester Street’ at this year’s Show on Saturday 7 and Sunday September 8.

The Show, which attracts an average of 60,000 visitors each year, is introducing ‘Dorchester Street’ to its 2019 offering. The dedicated trade avenue will encourage show-goers to support local businesses, as well as give them the opportunity to discover what’s available in the town throughout the year.

Will Hyde, show secretary, commented: “Supporting local businesses is really important to us as a society. We are lucky to have so many great retailers, food producers, artists, and more on our doorstep, that we felt they should have their own showcase area within the showground.”

Rebecca Hill, chair of Dorchester Agricultural Society, added: “Our society and the county show were both founded in Dorchester in 1840 and we have been based here ever since. We therefore have well established links within the town and it felt like the natural decision to champion our local businesses in this way.

“We hope that this exciting new opportunity during the show’s weekend will help to add exposure to many of our county town’s wonderful businesses. The show is a big hit every year with a growing audience and we are sure that there will be something for everyone on offer.”

 ‘Dorchester Street’ will be located in the heart of the trade avenues on the Dorchester Showground. Pitches start from just over £300, depending on the size required.

Phil Gordon, project director of Dorchester BID, said: “The BID is delighted to support this great new initiative by the Dorset County Show to showcase some of the best local businesses in Dorchester, in their appropriately named ‘Dorchester Street’ at this year’s Show. I hope that this new quarter will develop over the coming years and become a great showcase for the shops and businesses in town.”

Businesses interested should contact [email protected] for more details on how to get involved.

Tickets for this year’s Dorset County Show go on sale from 15th March, children under 16 go free and adult tickets are £14 until the end of July, when the price rises to £15. Visit dorsetcountyshow.co.uk or call 01305 264249 for more details.

Rebecca Cox
15th Mar 2019 11:19:00

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