Since its resurrection in 1996, Newent Onion Fayre has grown to fill the whole town centre and park with an assortment of stalls, caterers, and entertainment.

An estimated 15-20,000 people visited this year’s Fayre, held on Saturday, September 8th.

There was music from various stages throughout the day, much of which was performed by local artists and musicians.

Amongst diverse stalls, locals and visitors could enjoy the Food Village, the Funion Zone, the Onion Show, and the annual Onion Eating Competition, which this year saw a new record.

Described as ‘world-famous’ by the Onion Fayre organisers, the Onion Eating Competition was held on the main stage for all to see. Alex Navari won the eye-watering event when he polished off a 7oz onion in just 45 seconds, more than 30 seconds quicker than was managed last year.

Andy Offord, Newent Onion Fayre committee chairman, said “We’re always keen to evolve and develop the Fayre, and bring something new each year.” Newent looks forward to next September’s Onion Fayre, which hopes to be even more successful than this year’sSee this week’s paper for more stories like this, available in shops and as a Digital Edition now.