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The Secret Diary of Jamie Cox

The Secret Diary of Jamie Cox

Jamie Cox has been involved with the Dorset County Show since the age of 8. 

This year, as he approaches his 8th year volunteering at the show, he explains why the Show is so important to him.

So how did you first get involved with the show?

My father was the ground chairman of many years ago. He’s been taking me along to the show since I was one but I didn’t start getting properly involved until I was about eight.

Tell us about your most memorable experience?

In 2008, the show introduced a trade stands office and I helped out in there. I remember it being pretty hard work running back and forth between the office and all the marquees and my first proper, responsible role at the show. I also remember the WI giving us bacon rolls at 7am on show day. MMmmmm. If I shut my eyes, I can still remember the smell of that crispy bacon......

What’s the most unusual thing​ you’ve been asked to do?

Pretty much everything you can imagine at a show packed with animals and families. Herding escaped sheep from the homecraft tent, reuniting parents with their lost children, topping up water for the animals. I normally end up with very sore feet. The showground is the size of around 83.3 football pitches and running from one end of the show ground to the other is a long way!

What’s your favourite part of the show?

There’s just so much. I love the buzz of arriving at the ground at 6.30am on the first morning. I think Titan is brilliant, particularly when he farts, all the animals looking their best and delicious food. The miles I cover around the show make me hungry. One of the perks of the job is free pork rolls and I get to eat plenty of those over the show weekend, with lots of crispy crackling. The main arena always has lots of stuff going on if I have time to get over and have a look. I’m looking forward to seeing the Parkour performance this year. Might have a go myself. Also, I love going around in the golf buggy. It’s reserved for show management and I always feel really important!

What do you hope to do when you leave school?

I’m planning to do my A levels at Thomas Hardy Sixth Form College and then hopefully, I’ll get a place at uni to do a course in event management and maybe become a show secretary myself one day.

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