Wild West Worms
Yes - that's the theme for the 31st International Festival of Wormcharming which takes place on Sunday 3rd May 2015!
We've chosen it for no other reason than it provides endless possibilities for dressing the part. Grab your Stetson and six-shooter and become the most feared gunslinger in the West. If you fancy a scalp or two then dig out your Red Indian tomahawk and feather headdress. To save the day you'll need your US cavalry bugle and sword. Step into the dungarees for the instant Hillbilly look. Or if you really can't be bothered, just don an old blanket and that sombrero you bought on some Spanish holiday long ago and transform yourself into a Mexican bandit.
Whatever you wear to Wormcharming 2015 make sure you embrace the theme. Who knows - you may even be a winner in our fancy dress competition!
Music festival line-up
This year's music festival programme has just been announced and we have a great line-up of local artists performing for you at The George Inn!
2.00: NAUTI BUOYS
2.45: HARBOTTLE & JONAS
3.40: THE BOYS FROM MELBOURNE STREET
5.35: BLURRED VISION
Please note that all bands/timings are approximate and subject to change.
For more info on the performers click here.
Europe's most unmissable festival!
Yes, it's official! Last year's event has recently been voted “Europe's Most Unmissable Festival” by Australian journalist Grant Mills who attended 22 mad festivals in 10 European countries in 2014. Check out his video:
The return of the Blackawton May Princess
Many years ago, Blackawton held an annual Carnival which featured a May Princess. This year, the Wormcharming team have decided to revive the role of a May Princess to lead the the procession down through the village from the Normandy Arms to the Secret Field. Who will be our May Princess? Find out on the 3rd May!
It's raining worms!
On Saturday 18th April. the Daily Mail reported:
Thousands of live earthworms have fallen from the sky in Norway.
It is thought the worms may have been swept up and carried into the sky by warm thermals of rising air. Biology teacher Karstein Erstad spotted hundreds of worms on the surface of the snow near Bergen. There were similar reports across the south of the country.
He said: "When I put them in my hand I found they were alive. It's a very rare phenomenon."
Should we look to the heavens for our Wormcharming winner this year?
Fun dog show
Immediately after the Wormcharming competition (around 14.00hrs.) there will once again be a fun dog sShow which will also take place in the Wormcharming field. Classes are: best fancy dress dog (Wild West theme), most beautiful bitch, most handsome dog, dog most like their handler, waggiest tailed dog, most interesting dog, dog the judges would like to take home and best in show (only open to winners of previous categories). For people who would like to participate but who don't have a dog, there will be wellbehaved dogs to hire for each class! All dog handlers are reminded to be responsible by making sure that their dog is under control at all times and to clean up any doggy doings! There will be doggy drinking water available. There is an entry fee of £1 per dog per class and all entry fees will go to local charities.
More online footage
Also, Canadian film producer Cat Mills (no relation to Grant) has also (only) just put her video of the 2013 event online:http://www.wickedweirdworld.com/wicked-and-weird-episode-7-the-international-worm-charming-competition/
Wormcharming memorabilia wanted
As well as informing you about this year's event, we plan to build up an archive of the history of Wormcharming in Blackawton. If you have photos, videos, stories or details of past winning teams please contact the Web (not Worm) Master to add them to the site.