One of the area's biggest agricultural shows returned to west Dorset, wowing locals and visitors alike. 

The Melplash Agricultural Show welcomed thousands to the West Bay Showground.

You name it, the Melplash Show had it, and guests were lucky to enjoy warm weather with only the occasional spot of rain, mostly early in the morning.

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Spectators gathered around the main ring and were left in awe by the death-defying stunts of Moto Stunts International.

They were treated to show jumping and later the presentation of awards for livestock.

Meanwhile, there was a variety of entertainment and more than 400 trade stalls selling everything from local food and drink to tractors.

Carla Hiley visited for the first time with her son Theo Hiley. Theo particularly enjoyed seeing the pigs.

Carla said: "I enjoyed seeing the animals. I did not realise just how agricultural it is around here so that has been quite pleasant. Especially seeing all the breeds of sheep and cows and pigs and the show-jumping."

Tabby Clark visited from London. She said: "It has been brilliant, we really enjoyed it, particularly the animals. We really enjoyed watching the horses in the ring."

Glenda Bown visited the show with her husband Gregg. This was the first time she has visited the show and brought along her two pet dogs. She said: "It is absolutely fabulous. First time for us so it's great."

Other highlights included a best in the show, with prizes for the best sheep, cows and other animals.

Melplash Agricultural Society chairman, Philip Hardwill, said: "Talking to the people the show is going really well, we've had a lot of people coming in. The president's job is to get the weather right and he has done it absolutely perfectly.

"Seeing the young handlers is just tremendous - you can see the future of farming coming on right here at our showground.

"This show is our showpiece to let not just local people, but visitors, know what West Dorset agriculture is all about. Everything here is the best it can be and we have a chance of showing people how it goes from the cow to the milk to their cereal bowl."