Who Can Pull The Ugliest Face At The World Gurning Championships.
World Gurning Championships
The annual World Gurning Championships are held in September every year as part of the Egremont Crab Fair which dates back to 1267 making it one of the oldest fairs in the world. The Lord of Egremont began the practice of giving away crab apples to the townsfolk and so the tradition began.
There is something for everybody at the fair and you can see cumberland wrestling, wheelbarrow racing, pipe smoking and climbing the greasy pole; but it is the Gurning Championship that's the main event of the day.
To gurn means to "snarl like a dog; look savage, distort the face" but nowadays it is more about looking funny. The uglier the better guarantees that you are a winner. There are not many rules involved: stick your head through a horse collar; pull the most disgusting face imaginable and the most monstruous/funny is the winner! Discover all there is to know about the Gurning Championships