June 4, 2011 The Great Canadian Worm Charming Festival and
Championship was held in Shelburne, Ontario. Although rains
swept through for most of the morning, by afternoon the fields
had dried and were ready for over fifty participants eager
charm the wiggly denisens of the world below the grass.
While the Worm Charmers and their Gillies (assistants) registered
and selected thier plots, the crowds were entertained by the
music stylings of Washboard Hank. With an eclectic selection
of instruments including bells, whistles, horns all attached
to his namesake washboard, Hank and his band played
a selection of upbeat bluegrass, rockabilly and country songs
to the delight of spectators.
precisely 2:15 the Town Cryer called all participants to order
and called for all Worm Charmers and Gillies to go to their
assigned plots. At 2:30 A bell sounded and the competition
was under way.
Over 50 participants utilized a variety of different techniques
and utensils including pitch-forks, saws, hammers, steel and
wooden rods, plumbing supplies. Almost every implement was
put to use including the kitchen sink.
the end, the competition was very close, but by the margin
of one worm, the winner and new Canadian Worm Charming Champion
is ... none other than our own Cathy Nesbitt and her Gillies;
Gloria and Jesse.