When: 24th June 2012 from 10.30am
Where: Swaton, Lincolnshire
£: Adults 4, children 2, children under school age go free, concessions 3 and family ticket 10. World Target Throwing with Accuracy Challenge: £2 for 3 eggs.
What is it?
The 2012 World Egg Throwing Championships will be held at Swaton in Lincolnshire as part of Swaton Vintage Day. Teams confirmed so far will be flying in from as far afield as Germany, Holland, Greece, South Africa, USA, Ireland, Sweden and New Zealand.
Egg throwing is reported to have first occurred in Swaton circa 1322 when the Abbot of Swaton, the only owner of chickens, used to give eggs out as alms to the peasants that attended church. However, when the river was in flood the eggs would be thrown across the torrent to the waiting masses.
This eventually grew into an informal sport called the ‘egg toss’ played at many country fairs, sports days and fetes. The World Egg Throwing Federation was formed in 2005 to cater for the growing sport and regulate the variety of disciplines it involved.
This years events will be:
Two person throw and catch.
Russian Egg Roulette.
Swaton Vintage Day also features a jousting display, chainsaw sculpture, terrier racing, a craft tent as well as vintage vehicles. There will be a mini-beer festival of 12 types of real ale from Swaton, Heckington and Sleaford mirco breweries at the event.
All monies raised by the event are used to support local, national and international good causes such as Leukaemia Research, The Red Cross, Air Ambulance provision, Children’s Hospices, and Shelter Box.
No chickens will be hurt during the championships!