When: 9th September 2017, from 9.45am
Where: Newent, Gloucestershire
What is it?
The annual Newent Onion Fayre takes place on Saturday 9th September in Gloucestershire. This traditional fayre features the quirky, eye-watering, Onion Eating Competition.
There are two contests, one for women and one for men. The women must chomp their way through a peeled raw 5 ounce onion, whilst men get a 7 ounce onion. The winner is the first person to finish eating their onion. Participants must hold their arms outstretched and mouth wide open to prove they are finished. Many of the previous winners have managed the challenge in under 2 minutes!
Those who wish to take part in the competition this year should leave their name with the team at the main stage on the morning of the fayre, and turn up at 12.45pm ready for the contest.
Newent Onion Fayre also features an onion show, a food village, a fair, live music, and a dog show. This year the live music comes from Who’s Next, The Curious Incident?, The Filthy Casuals, Lydbrook Ukulele Band and the Roving Crows.
The food village will feature plenty of local food, as well as some more exotic and unusual produce. The dog show takes place at 11am and features both competition classes and novelty classes (including the best fancy dressed dog).
This year, the fayre will also feature entertainment and activities in the park and around the lake. There will be children’s entertainers, face painting, and fishing activities.
The Onion Fayre marks the end of summer and the start of harvest. The event has been going strong since the 13th century.
More info: www.newentonionfayre.org