Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Scythe Festival

Scythe enthusiasts recently gathered in England for the sixth annual Scythe Festival and Green Fair.

In an article in Smallholder, Jane Osbourne reported that "...Record crowds gathered on Sunday 13th June to watch the heats of the UK’s National Scything Championships, held at Thorney Lakes on the Somerset Levels near Langport. This event is held every year on the second weekend of June when the grassland is at its most verdant. The Green Scythe Fair and its scything organiser Simon Fairlie are in the forefront of the resurgence of interest in scything as a sport – agriculture’s answer to snowboarding!
...Everyone agreed that, as in previous years, the Green Scythe Fair had been a great success and was, in these troubled times, a very uplifting and much needed joyful event."

Two weeks after the Scythe Festival, a Scything Weekend was held at Wimpole Hall near Cambridge.  Activities included the Eastern Counties Scything Competition. 

(Sources:  Scythe Festival poster image copyright 2010 James Brown, General Pattern, London.  Used with permission. 
"Scything - a smallholding support that is a cut above the rest", by Jane Osourne, Smallholder, 24 June 2010,


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