10th annual World Bolving Championships attended by record number of competitors and spectators (From This is The West Country)
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10th annual World Bolving Championships attended by record number of competitors and spectators
IF YOU went down to the woods on Saturday, you may have heard some strange noises as competitors tried to replicate the call of the red deer stag.
This weekend saw 48 people take part in the 10th annual World Bolving Championships at Draydon Rails near Dulverton on Exmoor.
The quirky and quite possibly unique competition aims to find out who can best replicate the mating call of the red deer stag and competitors are judged to see how much their ‘bolve’ sounds like the stag.
Participants try to get a stag to answer back and five judges then listen to see how much similarities are in their calls.
Over 350 people turned up to watch and listen to the event, the biggest turn out the competition has ever had.
Rob Follett from Withycombe was crowned champion for his bolves and even managed to get a response from some stags.
He said: “This was my first time entering the competition and I really wasn’t expecting to win.
“I went along for a laugh and it was really good fun.
“I think I’ll have to enter again next year and defend my title, I didn’t expect all this attention.”
Richard Eales, a ranger for Exmoor Park has been organising the event ever since it began.
He said: “It was such a good night for everyone who came along and it was so well attended this year as it’s gathered so much momentum.
“The competition actually started out as an unofficial bet between two guys; Elvis Afanasenko and Phil Ferris.”
Elvis retired from the competition this year after having won it five times.
The event raises money for the Devon Air Ambulance and Richard said donations were very generous this year.
He added: “The money hasn’t been counted yet but there were so many large donations we’ve hopefully raised a good amount for the charity which is great.”
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