The World Wellington Boot-throwing Championships attracted large crowds of competitors and spectators to the event in Court Fields School’s playing fields this weekend. Coming in between the successful Food Town Festival and the Carnival, this entertaining day out offers unique fun (as well as very lively competition) for all the family.
Classes in the throwing events offer competitors from 6 to over 60, disabled throwers and teams a chance to win trophies. A brisk wind may have reduced throwing distances this year but there were still long queues forming at both the adults’ and children’s throwing areas. Members of the 1st Wellington Scouts were responsible for measuring throws and collecting boots – most of which landed in the ‘legal’ zone.
Wellington Carnival Committee Chairman Dave Rylatt presented every Under 10 thrower with a medal, a St George’s flag and a place on the winners’ podium. Other members of the committee ran a crockery smash to raise funds for the Carnival which, in terms of entries, was already “looking good” according to committee Secretary, Louise Brierley.
Alongside the throwing events, organiser Sue White and her committee had assembled stalls representing local charities and organisations. Wellington Sports Federation gave children and adults the chance to sample a range of activities including bowls and fencing, members of Wellington Action Group for Dogs ran a very popular competition for dog owners with prizes in 10 categories – including ‘Most Handsome Male’, ‘Cutest Puppy’ and ‘Best Child Handler’ and Somerset Army Cadet Force displayed some of the group’s impressive arsenal.
Around the playing fields there were bouncy castles, a tombola, a raffle and areas keeping children busy in drawing and performance skills and refreshment stalls included bars, a cider shack and a hog roast. Steel band Pandango and folk group Stampita provided musical backing and several local charities were represented.
Proceeds from the event after costs are covered are to be donated to Wellington Toy Library this year. Commenting on the response from the public Sue White said, “It’s very pleasing. The weather isn’t quite as good as it was last year when it was warm enough to go to the beach but it’s still fine and there’s lots of people here. I’m very happy!”