When: 30th June 2013 from 10.30am onwards
Where: Part of Swaton Vintage Day, The Park at Thorpe Latimer, near Sleaford in Lincolnshire. Between Swaton and Helpringham on the B 1394
£: Admission to the Swaton Vintage Day costs adults £4, children £2 (children under school age go free), concessions £3 and family ticket £10. All the egg throwing games are free to enter except World Target Throwing with Accuracy Challenge which costs £2 for three eggs. Some events require booking (see website).
What is it?
Every year, as part of Swaton’s Vintage Day, a challenge takes place between competitors who travel from all over the world. This challenge? It’s none other than the World Egg Throwing Championships! The championships have grown to include a whole range of egg-based disciplines including the World Target Throwing with Accuracy Challenge, the World Egg Trebuchet Challenge and the World Russian Egg Roulette Championship. There is even an under 13s World Egg Throwing Championship for smaller people to take part in.
The championship games begin at 1pm with the World Russian Egg Roulette Championship heats. This game is a trial of nerves with six eggs, five of which are boiled but only one is raw. Competitors take it in turns to smash an egg against their heads trying to avoid picking the raw egg and getting in an eggy mess!
At 2pm the World Egg Throwing Championship heats begin. This consists of two person teams (catchers and tossers). They begin by standing ten metres apart and spreading out after each successful catch. Drop the egg or break it and you’re out! The top five go through to the finals.
The World Target Throwing with Accuracy Challenge takes place in the area adjacent to the bar whilst the target, Joel Hicks, is available. This is the only pay to enter game and is priced at £2 for three eggs. Points are awarded for hitting the arms, legs, body and groin.
The Egg Throwing Static Relay begins at 2.30pm and involves teams of eleven spread at 10 metre intervals. Twelve eggs then have to be passed individually along the line. The quickest team wins with penalty time points for breakages.
At 3pm it all gets technical with the World Egg Trebuchet Challenge. This gravity powered eggcitement is another long distance knock out challenge but this time with the aid of specially built trebuchets to help hurl the eggs.
At 4pm the World Egg Throwing and Russian Egg Roulette finals take place in the main arena before the day wraps up with trophies being awarded to the winners.
The Swaton Vintage Day itself has over 400 vintage and classic cars, tractors, motorbikes and engines, a real ale bar, hog roast, craft tent, as well as children’s games and rides. The event will also be served by a mini-beer festival with twelve types of real ale from Swaton, Heckington and Sleaford micro breweries.