10,000 visitors expected at machinery dealer’s annual Doe Show

Crowds flocked to Ernest Doe & Sons the Doe Show, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the event

Crowds flocked to Ernest Doe & Sons the Doe Show, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the event - Credit: Archant

More than 10,000 farmers, construction workers, professional groundsmen, greenkeepers, arborists and tractor enthusiasts are expected to descend on Ulting, near Maldon, this week for the 56th Annual Doe Show.

It takes place over Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Ernest Doe & Sons Limited’s headquarters. The farm and construction machinery dealer is a long-established family firm with a network of branches across the South and East of England.

Managing director Colin Doe is the fourth generation of the family to run the business in its 100-plus years of trading with his son, Angus Doe, who is presently service director.

Cutting edge technology and innovation will be on display in the form of some world-class machinery, including the new Case IH Optum won a coveted ‘Machine of the Year 2016’ award at Agritechnica, which will be on display in the Case IH marquee.

Another ‘Machine of the Year’, the New Holland Agriculture T7.315, is one of two new larger and more powerful tractor models that extend the T7 product series. Both models are on display on the New Holland stand and will also be demonstrating out in the field, weather permitting.

There is also a chance to see Hyundai excavators and Thwaites dumpers being put through their paces in the construction demonstration area, and there will be a static display of construction machinery including Bomag and Manitou.

New for 2016 is the Stihl tour bus, offering chainsaw sharpening tutorials as well as professional teams from Stihl and Husqvarna demonstrating their products. There is also a quad bike off-road demonstration track.

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The key theme of this year’s show is affordability, says Doe. This year’s show also features its biggest ever clothing clearance in the main show building with outdoor and country clothing brands at half price.

Doors open at 9am on Tuesday and entry and parking is free.