Willaston World Worm Charming Championships

They may be able to charm snakes to come out of a basket in India but can they charm 511 out in half an hour. And can they do this under the watchful eyes of Fred the Weatherman. I doubt it.
The International World Worm Charming Championship takes place this year on June 30th in the playing fields of Willaston County Primary School – watched by a large crowd of people and thousands of fascinated local birds. Competitors come from around the world to challenge the highly skilled local worm charmers who usually win.
Rules are simple – teams of up to three in number are randomly allocated a 3 by 3 meter plot of turf. They are not allowed to water the ground but must charm the worms out in half an hour using only music and vibrations. The most common and productive method is to insert a garden fork into the ground and then vibrate it either by hand or by bowing it (a procedure known as ‘twanging’). Unsuccessful methods include singing U2 songs and playing the bongos, both methods drive the worms further underground. If a competitor does not want to handle any emerging worms themselves then they can appoint a second known as a ‘gillie’.
There are prizes for the most charmed and also for the heaviest single specimen (6.6 grams was the largest recorded in 1987). The world record for the the greatest number is 511.

4 comments:

Johnny Ong said...

must be a very gross situation with all kinds of worms wriggling out of the ground....yucks....

Mr Blister said...

Yes - I'm going this year and was thinking of competing, although after a training session in my garden after half an hour I hadn't come up with a solitary worm.

David Owen said...

I competed this year. 83 was a paltry total....

However got the trophy for the biggest worm at 4.6 grams!!!

Mr Blister said...

Having attempted this event myself I think even getting 83 is a result to be proud of. Well done for getting the biggest.

Stange Games welcomes external contributions to the site - so if you want to write a 100-200 word report on this years event feel free to send it to me (montegue_blister@hotmail.co.uk)
I can see the blog entry title now: David Owen - World's Biggest Worm Catcher 2007

chin chin!

Montegue