Cabbage hurling success 'amazing' says man behind the event

The cabbages are fed to cattle after the event

Related Stories

The man behind the world's first cabbage hurling championships says he has been amazed by its popularity.

The vegetables are launched from a catapult-like machine based on trebuchets - weapons used to fling projectiles.

John Ward, from Lincolnshire, said it "took the world by surprise" at Holbeach Town and Country Fayre last summer.

The contest will return alongside "onion wanging" this year, he said.

John Ward John Ward was taken aback by the success of cabbage throwing
'Typically English'

Mr Ward said: "It went a little bit hysterical over the weekend [in 2013].

"We thought [cabbage hurling] would be a 20-minute filler, but every man and his lobster adopted it and stuck it on their website. Everyone seems to be for it.

"It's so quirky, so typically English."

Mr Ward said he did interviews about the sport on radio stations across the world.

He came up with the idea to help promote the vegetables, that are typically grown in Lincolnshire where the fertile soil is ideal for brassica crops.

However, he had to modify his trebuchet design to make them less "lethal".

Holbeach Town and Country Fayre is set to be held on Saturday and Sunday, in King's Field, Holbeach.

Cabbage hurling The cabbage hurlers are based on trebuchets

More on This Story

Related Stories

BBC Lincolnshire



9 °C 1 °C

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • TravelAround the world

    BBC Travel takes a look at the most striking images from the past seven days


  • BatteriesClick Watch

    More power to your phone - the lithium-ion batteries that could last twice as long

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.