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Tetbury Woolsack Races
From: 2014.05.27 To: 2014.05.27
In the "world famous" Tetbury Woolsack races, teams carry 60lb sacks of wool (35lb for women) a distance of 240 yards up a steep incline from The Crown Pub to the Royal Oak Pub. Competitors and spectators refresh from their labors over a few pints of beer and plenty of boasting. It is thought that the races originated in the 17th Century by young drovers showing off to local women by running up the hill carrying a woolsack. Tetbury was historically a hub for wool and yarn, and when the wool trade went into decline in the early 19th Century, the brewing of beer became the most important local industry. The woolsacks races combine both industries with a healthy dose of fun thrown in the mix. The race events are complemented by a street fair featuring varied stalls, a funfair, musical entertainments and roving street performers.