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The 2014 World Championships of Berry Picking will be held in the village of Suomussalmi in Eastern Finland on September 6, 2014.

The event will gather a large amount of contestants and audience to enjoy nature and its richness, especially lingonberries.

The all-time individual class record for lingonberry picking is 27,98 kilos per hour - maybe the record will be broken this time!


The day will start at the Suomussalmi market square at 9.00 a.m. The contestants need to register between 9.00 and 11.00 a.m. at the information point where they will receive their buckets and number patches. The teams are transferred to the competition site in the forest by buses at 11.30 a.m. The duration of the competition is one hour, after which the berries will be weighed.

The winner in each class is, of course, the one who has picked the most lingonberries. The three best pickers in each class will be awarded with money.

There are team classes for both adults and children and an individual class for adults.
Teams of three persons may only use a common one hand held picking tool without a stem.
In the individual class use of rake, a picking tool with a stem, is allowed. There is also a special team class for adults, in which the lingonberries are picked in the traditional way by hand. Children's team class is for children born in the year 1999 or later. The berries don't need to be cleaned, small leaves and such are acceptable.

Participation in the competition is free of charge.

In addition to the competition, there will be The Lingonberry Fair at the Suomussalmi market square during the same day.

COMPETITION RULES IN THE BERRY PICKING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

The name of the event: The world championships of berry picking

The responsible organizer: Arctic Flavours Association
Kauppakatu 20, 89600 Suomussalmi, FINLAND
Tel. +358-8-61 555 590 Fax +358-8-61 555 592,
E-mail: info@arctic-flavours.fi, www.arctic-flavours.fi

Registration: info@arctic-flavours.fi, www.arctic-flavours.fi, by August 29, 2014.

Entrance fee: Participation in the competition is free of charge.

Categories:
• 3 persons adult team using a hand held picking tool
• 3 persons adult team picking by hand
• 3 persons children team, born in the year 1998 or later
• women individual class use of rake
• men individual class use of rake.

Teams:
Teams are formed by three persons who may be families, fellow workers, friends, classmates, members of a sports club or other.

Berry to be picked: Lingonberry

Allowed contest equipment: In the team classes, contestants may only use a common one hand held picking tool without a stem to be brought themselves. In the hand picking class, the use of picking tools is not allowed. Contestants may only use the buckets provided by the organizer and handed out in the market place. Extra buckets can be found in the competition area if needed. The contestants may keep the buckets they have used. In the individual class, you may use your own picking rake and buckets of your choice.

The criteria for evaluation: Teams / contestants will be evaluated by the amount (kg) of picked lingonberries. Your performance is acceptable when lingonberries are picked within the competition time (1 hour) from the competition area by using the tools allowed in each class.

Prizes: The three best teams in each class with most berries will be awarded prize money.

Competition duration and place: The duration of the competition is one hour. The contestants are transferred to the competition area by buses at 11.30 O´clock from the Suomussalmi market square. The competition area is located somewhere in the Suomussalmi municipality area and it will be separated from the surrounding area by ribbons and adhesive tapes.

Lingonberries don't need to be cleaned, small leaves and such are acceptable. The berries will be weighed unclean. It is forbidden to add small stones, cones, leaves or any similar material among the berries, as this could increase the weight and distort the result.

PRIZES
The three best of each class will be awarded prize money.

Team class for adults:
1st place: 200 euros, 2nd place: 160 euros, 3rd place: 100 euros
Hand picking team class for adults:
1st place: 200 euros, 2nd place: 160 euros, 3rd place: 100 euros

Children's team class:
1st place: 160 euros, 2nd place: 120 euros, 3rd place: 80 euros

Individual class for men using a rake as a picking tool:
1st place: 95 euros, 2nd place: 75 euros, 3rd place: 50 euros

Individual class for women using a rake as a picking tool:
1st place: 95 euros, 2nd place: 75 euros, 3rd place: 50 euros

Meet us at the Suomussalmi market square,
on Saturday the 6th of September from 9.00 to 11.00 am.

Come and enjoy the fun competition!

For more information
Simo Moisio, Arctic Flavours Association
(+358)(0) 40 - 580 1186, (+358)(0) 8-615 55 590,
simo.moisio@arctic-flavours.fi


 
 

 
   


 



 
       

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