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Old 18-08-2018, 05:24 PM
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The Great Dorset Steam Fair (abbreviated GDSF, and since 2010 also known as The National Heritage Show) is an annual show featuring steam-powered vehicles and machinery. It now covers 600 acres (2.4 km2) and runs for five days. This used to be from the Wednesday after the UK August bank holiday, but from 2016 will be from the Wednesday before the Bank Holiday until the Bank Holiday itself. It is reputedly the largest collection of steam and vintage equipment to be seen anywhere in the world.The fair was founded by the Dorset steam & historc vehicle club , and has been held in Dorset, England, every summer since 1969. The show is now run by Michael Oliver's son, Martin Oliver through Great Dorset Steam Fair Ltd.

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The most numerous exhibits are traction engines, tractors and farm machinery, but there are also sections for classic cars and commercial vehicles, working shire horses, rustic crafts, 'bygones' displays, and more. The show also has a market, autojumble, live music and funfair (some of which is powered by the steam engines). The funfair has traditional rides such as gallopers and steam boats, as well as modern ones like the "World Fair Wheel" which was sited in Manchester for the millennium. It is the biggest gathering of fairground organs in the UK.

The show regularly attracts around 200,000 visitors, and there can be 30,000 people on site, making the fair the fifth largest population centre in Dorset, after Bournemouth, Poole, Weymouth and Christchurch (the population of the historic town of Dorchester being only half that number).

A speciality of the show is the display of traction engines and steam rollers performing the work for which they were designed. Such displays include heavy haulage, threshing, sawing logs, ploughing and road-making. The main arena of the show is purposely sited on the slope of a hill to allow both steam- and internal combustion-powered machinery to demonstrate their capacity for heavy load hauling. One of the main displays is the "Showman's Line up", in the vintage fairground section, which is thought to be the largest collection of showman's engines in the world.

Since 2003, the show has contracted its own radio station, Steam Fair FM, broadcasting 24 hours daily on 87.9 FM from the Sunday prior to the show, to the Tuesday following 10 days in all. The station, which is also streamed on the internet, covers show news and views, weather and other relevant information with plenty of listener dedications and a format of "Vintage Hits".During the event, the station is advertised on roads in the surrounding area and provides traffic news for drivers using the A354 Blandford to Salisbury road that passes the show site. For the 40th anniversary, in 2008, the organisers recreated the very first fair, by tracing all of the exhibits that were displayed at the 1969 show.
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Old 18-08-2018, 09:03 PM
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Looks to be a great event.
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Old 18-08-2018, 09:47 PM
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Yes it is, we all go every year, Bobs Son went last year and also Mai-Li, you may remember Bob there with Dancing Dolly
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Old 18-08-2018, 10:25 PM
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yeah i remember last years pics you guys kept swiping bobs scooter.
can't wait to see pics of this years show.

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Old 21-08-2018, 06:14 PM
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Advanced Ticket Prices
Single Adult 17.50 On the Day Price 22.00
Single Senior Citizen 16.00 On the Day Price 20.00
Single Child 6-15 years 7.00
8.00 Bank Holiday Monday Tickets Adults and Senior Citizens only. Children up to 15 years gain free entry on Monday with a paying adult.


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Old 21-08-2018, 09:31 PM
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the dancer on the right looks a bit chubby to be up there dancing, she may have a heart attack.

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Old 21-08-2018, 09:37 PM
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the dancer on the right looks a bit chubby to be up there dancing, she may have a heart attack.

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Well they are very fit, and do 4 shows a day for five days
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