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Plans for the 'world famous' Newent Onion Fair are underway

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 08, 2014

A contestant in the onion eating contest at last year's event

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PLANS are well underway for an event which sees people eat huge onions in a little over one minute.

Newent Onion Fayre is set to be held on Saturday, September 13, which is hoped will attract up to 15,000 people to the town.

It is Gloucestershire’s largest, free one day event and organisers have some big ideas in the pipeline.

Spokesperson Charlotte Offord said: “We are looking forward to this years’ fair and are currently thinking up what we can do this year in order to keep it fresh and different.”

The event takes over the streets of Newent every year and boasts live music, a food festival, a dog show, fairground rides – not forgetting the “world famous” onion eating competition and the onion show.

Last year, Sarah Davies ate an onion in one minute 44 seconds and Phil Bullock in an eye-watering one minute 14 seconds.

The history of the fair goes back to a Royal Charter granted by King Henry III in the 13th Century. It grew in size quickly and attracted local onion traders who did brisk business with the drovers from South Wales. Continuing over many centuries, it was the war year that finally saw its demise when food rationing took its toll. In 1995, the fayre was re-established by a small team of volunteers and has grown from strength to strength to the substantial showcase that it is today.

The event attracts more than 100 stalls, and applications for 2014 are coming in thick and fast. Visit website: www.newentonionfayre.net.

Preparation for the event continues throughout the year and is run on a not-for-profit basis.

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