Worm festival – level 2

18-06-2024 15:00

Welcome to Britain’s strangest festival, the Worm Charming Championship.

Every year, teams meet on the Cornish coast to lure worms from the ground. Some methods are scientific, while others are not. Six-year-old Sunny and eight-year-old Luna are last year’s winners. They caught 20 worms the previous year and want to win again. The competition is tough this year. Teams use different ways to make the worms come out. Luna and Sunny copy birds and they stamp like rain. Others pretend to be seagulls or run around. Worm safety is important, with rules to protect them. Organizer Georgia Gendell talks about the fun and serious sides of the event. She says that worms are important for soil and food.

The Tennessee Worm Wranglers won this year with 32 worms. Luna and Sunny don’t win but have fun and promise to return next year.

Difficult words: lure (to attract), pretend (to behave as if something is true), serious (not funny).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What methods do teams use to lure worms out of the ground during the Worm Charming Championship?


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