A QUIRKY Dorset competition continues to go from strength to strength.

Thousands of people attended the Dorset Knob Throwing and Frome Valley Food Festival in Cattistock.

The festival involved participants throwing the locally made biscuits as far as possible.

Other activities included knob eating, knob darts, and knob painting.

Money raised from yesterday’s festival will go towards the football club, cricket club, village hall and playing fields.

Denise Dobbs was one of the volunteers at this year’s festival.

She said: “It’s a good fundraising thing we do in the village.

“We were all asked to be volunteers. I have given two hours helping sell raffle tickets.”

The Dorset Knob Throwing is supported by Moores, the producers of the famous Dorset Knob Biscuit, and the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership.

Mrs Dobbs said: “The dogs, the kids, and the picnics – it’s a real family day out.

“I went to the very first one. It absolutely tipped down with rain.”

Despite the rain on that occasion in 2008, Mrs Dobbs said they still received a large turnout and have continued to do so each year since.

She said: “We think there were probably more people there this year. We have been fortunate with the weather.”

Local food stands, displays of local crafts and skills and entertainment by local musicians also featured at this year’s festival.

Renowned chef Ashley Palmer-Watts was among the visitors.

Mr Palmer-Watts, who heads the kitchen of two Michelin-starred Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and is originally from Dorset, was one of four highly skilled chefs demonstrating at the event. Other chefs visiting included Jean-Paul De Ronne from Somerset, Lee Moreton from Dorset Charcuterie and Jack Mackenzie from gastro pub the Acorn at Evershot.