Onions, sure, but don't think that's shallot
THOUSANDS of people will be streaming into the heart of Newent this weekend to celebrate the simple onion.
Newent Onion Fayre is a one-day street festival of food, drink and merriment which attracts around 15,000 visitors.
At the heart of the event is the unique Onion Show which is recognised as a celebration of the first day of harvest at the end of the summer.
Running since the end of the 13th century, the fair was established as a result of Welsh drovers, who, passing through to Gloucester, bought local onions.
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These days it features a lot more than just the onions and this year includes a street fair, dog show, live music and a showcase for locally grown produce and drinks.
As well as the onion competition, there is the infamous and eye-watering onion eating contest, where participants try to eat a peeled raw onion as quickly as possible.
Last year in the men's competition, winner Sean Wozencroft scoffed his 7oz onion in 102 seconds, while Janet Schumulevitch won the ladies' event with a time of 127 seconds for a 5oz onion.
Exhibitors in the Onion Show come from all over the UK and categories include heaviest, best shallot, strings of onions and red onions, as well as cookery and children's classes.
Now in its fourth year, the dog show is held by the lake and features a fancy dress competition as well as the usual categories, including breed and novelty classes.
There will be live music from the likes of The Roving Crows, R&B band Otis Mac and the Tubby Bluesters and Johnny Cash tribute group Keep it Cash.
There is plenty of other entertainment by the lake, including farm animals, fishing, model boats and an English Civil War re-enactment.
The fair opens at 10am. For more information visit www.newentonionfayre.org.