Caryville, Florida, Revives Historic Worm-Fiddlin’ Festival

We’ve covered Britain’s worm-charming competition before, and even had an explanation of how it works. The town of Caryville, Florida, recently held their own worm charming festival, which they call “worm fiddling’,” because of the technique used.

Vying for prizes and bragging rights, men, women and children drove stakes into the ground within assigned patches of scrubby ground and then rubbed the stakes with pieces of wood, axe blades, and even PVC pipe.

The efforts were successful as the winner actually compelled over 50 worms to come to the surface through the unusual methodology.

The festival is actually a revival, as Caryville used to do this every year until 2008. Let’s hope they can do it again next year, because I know a few folks who would want to try it. See a video of the competition here.  -via Arbroath


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