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World first for Holbeach fayre

Inventor John Ward with his onion wanging machine.

Inventor John Ward with his onion wanging machine.

Last year, it introduced the sport of cabbage hurling to the world.

This year’s Holbeach Town and Country Fayre has another first in store: onion wanging.

For the uninitiated, the sports are similar, both involving throwing a Lincolnshire-grown vegetable for the greatest distance using a ‘machine’ designed by madcap inventor John Ward, with construction help from committee members David Bryant and Andrew French.

John came up with the idea of onion wanging when it became obvious that his prototype cabbage hurling machine was too tricky for youngsters to handle, and the missiles themselves too large and heavy.

He said: “The World Onion Wanging Contest will be held alongside the Cabbage Hurling at this year’s Holbeach Town and Country Fayre on June 14 and 15, and due to its popularity it will be having its own dedicated arena so as not to deviate from the main arena and the events held in that.”

Teams of three young people aged from ten to 16 years can take part, under adult supervision, and both events are free to enter – just sign up on the day at King’s Field, Holbeach.

 

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