EGG-THROWING has beaten off stiff competition to be crowned England's quirkiest event for the second year in a row.
The World Egg-Throwing Championships, held annually in Swaton, near Sleaford, triumphed in Visit England's Where Else But England? awards after receiving thousands of votes via a Visit England and Sun newspaper online poll.
The championships will be held as part of Swaton Vintage Day on Sunday, June 26, and consist of five games including Throw and Catch, Static Relay, Target Throwing, Russian Egg Roulette and Egg Trebuchet, in which contestants construct a gravity-powered machine to hurl eggs at a target.
Organisers are now hoping that their "eggs-ellent" achievement will help win them a place at the 2012 London Olympics, after they applied for the event to be officially recognised by the Sports Council.
Andy Dunlop, president of the World Egg-Throwing Federation and responsible for organising the event, is "eggs-tatic" over the accolade.
He said: "We are delighted to be voted the quirkiest event, but our only slight concern is that it might detract from our efforts to get official Sports Council recognition.
"We have yet to hear back on our application, but we have all our fingers crossed.
"Some people don't believe it is a proper sport, but it takes a tremendous amount of skill and strength to throw and catch an egg without breaking it.
"We are immensely proud of how the championships have evolved and the boost it brings to Lincolnshire.
"When we began six years ago it was a little-known event but now we attract hundreds of contestants and thousands of spectators every year.
"We have introduced a number of variations since those early days and have inspired similar events across both the UK and the world.
"And aside from it being lots of fun we raise a tremendous amount of money for charity, and that's the element of the championships that make us most proud."
The Championships are run entirely without profit and last year raised almost £10,000 for a variety of charities including the British Red Cross, the Leukaemia Research Foundation and the County Air Ambulance Trust.