The Egremont Crab Fair is coming up this weekend, and it’s an event you won’t want to miss.
The festival was established in 1267, making it one of the oldest fairs in the world. While the fair hosts many delightful activities (“pigs bladder football making”, anyone?) the main attraction is the World Gurning Championships.
What is gurning? To put it briefly; face making. There are a variety of different techniques and it’s likely that this year’s contestants will be able to give you a few tips.
While the fair indulges in tongue and cheek, some people do take it very seriously. One fellow went so far as to have all his teeth removed so that he could have more facial flexibility. Tragically he died a few years later when a cliff collapsed below him during a vacation in Spain.
There is no pre-registry for competing in the World Gurning Championships. Make sure to arrive at least half an hour before the event to get your name on the list. A schedule of events can be found here.
Other activities during the fair
Fancy Dress Pony Judging
Fancy Pigeon Show
When: Saturday, September 15th, 2012
Where: Egremont, United Kingdom
For more information, check out the Official Website