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Popular Dorset “Knob-Throwing” Festival Cancelled

The cruelty of this world knows no bounds, as organisers have been forced to cancel the Dorset “knob-throwing” festival for the third year in a row.

In 2020 there was no venue available and in 2021 Covid stopped the festivities, but this year it was cancelled due to being too popular.

Now that everyone is baffled, it’s the perfect time to mention that a Dorset knob is in fact, a hard biscuit.

Oh boy, do people love throwing the thing - in 2019 over 8,000 attended the event, which is a lot of knobs!

This year it was set to be held May 1 in Cattistock, but organisers say it’s now simply too big to be run by a small committee.

Due to it being sacrilegious to throw a Tim Tam, Aussies are probably unfamiliar with the world of competitive biscuit throwing. So, here’s the low down on the event.

The knob-throwing contest involves competitors hurling a traditional Dorset knob as far as they can. The record throw of 29.4 metres (96 ft) was set in 2012. If that doesn’t sound like enough fun, the festival also includes knob-eating, knob-painting, a knob and spoon race, guess the weight of the big knob, knob darts and a knob pyramid.

Plus, the most difficult activity of all, trying not to laugh every time you hear the word knob.

For anyone thinking this is a free-wheeling throw-as-you-please biscuit festival, there’s a heap of rules which were shared by the committee.

These include: Three Dorset knobs per go, with the furthest knob thrown measured, use only Dorset Knobs provided, underarm only, one foot must remain on the ground during throwing and Dorset knob measured at final resting place.

All pretty standard stuff, but there’s also one contentious rule; if the knob breaks upon landing it will be the umpire’s decision of final resting place. Placing them in an unenviable position of power.

Organisers hope the event returns in the future. So, here’s to a better 2023, when the people of Cattistock and surrounds can throw knobs once again.