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article imageWormless at the festival

By Lynn Curwin     Aug 7, 2010 in Lifestyle
Competitors used a variety of techniques, but none of them were able to lure a worm from the ground during the Woodhall Worm Charming Festival in Lincolnshire.
Contestants have 30 minutes in which they try to coax as many worms as possible out of the earth without using water or digging. The world record is 567, but not one worm made an appearance at this event.
Event organiser Toni Franck was reported in The Telegraph as saying: “I can’t believe it because in Cheshire, even in their worst year, the winner took 40 worms – the best was more than 500. But we didn’t see a single worm here.”
Some people tried twanging – sticking a pronged garden fork in the ground a vibrating it by hand, while others tried to entice the worms by playing instruments and homemade devices. One honked at the ground with a vuvuzela, another used a spiked roller called the worminator, and one group tried using an electric back massager.
Since no one was able to coax a worm out of the ground, the trophy was presented to the most enthusiastic team.
The festival did raise more than £200 for the Woodhall Spa Twinning Association.
The World Worm Charming Championships has been held in Willaston, near Nantwich, Cheshire since 1980.
The worm charming record was set during that event in 2009, when one team lured 567 worms from their plot. The heaviest worm, weighing 6.6grams made its appearance in 1987.
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