Worm charmers came from near and far to the small village of Willaston in Cheshire on Saturday for the 2008 World Worm Charming Championships. For the most part though it was local families with young children, many of whom go to the the primary school hosting the event, that took part.
There were two trophies to play for, the team with the most worms and the team with the heaviest. Rules are straight forward. Each competitor is given a 3 x 3 metre plot, allocated to them by the drawing of lots, and the duration of the competition is 30 minutes.
Whilst you may not use water to draw the worms up, nor dig the worms from the ground, music may be used to charm them out. The most popular method by far was to stick a garden fork into the ground and vibrate it by any means possible to encourage the worms to the surface, though I’m sure I heard a rendition of ‘Good vibrations’ somewhere on the field.
It wasn’t a high scoring day, the Guiness world record of 511 worms was safe, but plenty of fun was had by all, except perhaps the worms!