Cabbage kings crowned as Holbeach Show goes global

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This year’s Holbeach Town and Country Fayre has sparked worldwide interest after the amazing success of the World Cabbage Hurling Championships.

The “bizarre” nature of the event, where teams launched Lincolnshire-grown cabbages from two 11ft catapults named Spotted Hen and Spotted Dick, drew 30 entrants over the two-day event.

Holbeach Show, Kings field'Names: Sheep shearer Harry Lombardi

Holbeach Show, Kings field'Names: Sheep shearer Harry Lombardi

It brought a completely new dimension to the show which also featured a display of vintage tractors, classic cars and motorcycles, funfair, children’s games, craft tent, food stalls and an RAF flypast.

But it was the cabbage hurling that provided the outstanding moments from the show, with The Burden Boys from Sutterton-based Burdens Group lifting the Ashley King Cup and £150 cash prize.

Inventor John Ward, who helped in organising the competition, said: “The event was overwhelmingly successful, we had a brilliant weekend and everybody enjoyed themselves.

“The cabbage throwing championships was absolutely bizarre because people were saying ‘I can do that’ and we couldn’t believe it when 14 teams entered on Saturday and 16 teams on Sunday.

“Simon Naylor from Naylor’s Farms in Moulton Seas End donated the cash prize and also supplied all the ammunition for the competition and Kings Farms of Holbeach donated the cup that the winners hold for one year.

“I’ve had calls from New Zealand and Pakistan about the event and it’s definitely on the cards for next year.”