Cheese Rolling Festival
Famous For :
Cheese Rolling down the hill, Races to catch Cheese.
The Cheese Rolling festival is one of the most unique events observed in the world till date. It is organized every year during the month of May in England. It's held on the Spring Bank Holiday at Cooper's Hill, near Gloucester county in the Cotswolds region of United Kingdom. This traditional festival was started primarily for by and for the people of Brockworth - the local village, but has now evolved as popular world event.
The festival traces its origin way back in history, at least 200 years before. The event involves one of the most unique celebrations of its kind in which a round of Double Gloucester cheese is rolled from the top of the Copper's hill. Participants race down the hill after it and the first person over the finish line at the bottom of the hill wins the cheese. The cheese used in this festival is Double Gloucester, a hard cheese typically manufactured in cylindrical blocks. Each year the event becomes more and more popular with contestants coming from all across the world to compete or even simply to explore the sensational experience. The popularity and paticipation in Cheese Rolling Fetsival has grown to such an extent that the 2010 event was officially cancelled due to safety concerns over the number of people visiting the event. However, despite the ban and a lack of paramedics, about 500 people showed up again in 2010 to hold some unofficial races. A notifying factor of this event is that the cheese rolls down and can reach speeds up to 70mph (112 km/h), enough to knock over and injure a spectator.
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