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VIDEO: Record attempt corn dolly heads for harvest time Dorset County Show

By Dadcock  |  Posted: August 14, 2014

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A huge corn dolly being made for the Dorset County Show is set to bring good luck to farmers.

The 60-feet long corn dolly will be on display at the event at Dorchester showground on 6th and 7th September.

And it could find lasting fame in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest ever corn dolly.

It is being made by Guild of Straw Craftsmen member Audrey Rolfe at her home near Bridport.

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Show secretary Sam Mackenzie-Green said: “We all know that 2014 has been a challenging year for farmers in the south west though thankfully the recent run of good weather has ensured a quick and easy harvest with minimal drying costs.

“The creation of this huge work of art will hopefully bestow huge amounts of good fortune on farmers for 2015.”

She said the show’s timing of the first weekend in September meant it traditionally celebrated harvest. The farm produce tent, always full of entries in the grain classes, was a key attraction for visitors.

Mrs Rolfe has been a corn dolly maker for 37 years and is acclaimed as one of the finest exponents of the craft in the south west.

She will be using 3,000 pieces of Maris Widgeon wheat straw, for the county show dolly.

It is being stored on a cable reel to keep it safe during construction.

The completed work will be displayed in the homecraft tent during the show weekend.

More information about the show is on the www.dorsetcountyshow.co.uk website.

Highlights include a motorbike stunt display by the Bolddog Lings team, the National Vegetable Society’s national championships, more than 2,000 animals, more than 500 trade stands, terrier racing, showjumping and sheepshearing.

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