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Onion fayre hopes for bumper crowd
5:00pm Friday 13th September 2013 in News
ORGANISERS of this year’s Newent Onion Fayre have been keeping their fingers crossed for fine weather and record crowds to match last year’s extravaganza.
The event, set to take place tomorrow, traditionally attracts crowds estimated at up to 15,000.
Andy Offord, vice-chairman of the Onion Fayre Committee, said: “I would say to people, if you don’t come along tomorrow you will be really missing out on a family fun day.
“Last year we had record-breaking numbers and we’ve all been hoping for the same this year, if the weather is with us.”
The highlight of the day will be the famous onion eating competition in the town centre, which starts at 1pm.
Last year Phil Bullock won the men’s event after chomping his way through a 7oz onion in just over a minute. The female winner was Sarah Davis who took one minute 24 seconds to eat a 5oz onion.
There will be an onion show in the Memorial Hall which opens at 10.30am with displays of onions, leeks, garlic and chives.
There will also be cookery demonstrations.
A record number of outdoor stalls, more than 100, have been booked in and there will be craft and jewellery displays in the grounds of Newent Parish Church.
Live musical entertainment will be provided by bands including the Roving Crows, fresh from their triumph at Ledbury Carnival, and Southgate and Leigh. Also taking a bow on the central stage will be the Wurzels tribute band, the Twerzels.
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