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Turnip Thinning at Cregneash! 26 June 2009

A Turnip Thinning Competition at CregneashOn Saturday 4th July from 2pm, visitors are welcome to join in the Annual Turnip Thinning Competition at The National Folk Museum at Cregneash.

The turnips were sown in May and are now ready to be thinned – requiring a 9” space between each plant. The activity once took place throughout the Island at this time of year and involved the whole community. The turnip crop was very important to the Manx farmer as a cash crop and most importantly for feed for the livestock for the long winter.

This year, the turnips at Cregneash will be used not only for feeding the sheep and cattle but also for the annual Hop Tu Naa event when they will be used to make lanterns.

Pete Kelly, Cregneash Farm Manager for Manx National Heritage, said:

“Traditionally, people thinned turnips on their knees and ‘crept’ along each of the ridges pulling out the plants that were not required. Sacks were tied to their knees to provide protection from sharp stones!”

The Turnip Thinning competition will take place at Cregneash on Saturday 4th July 2009. All are welcome to come along and enjoy this hands-on experience of Manx farming life. Registration is at 2pm when all competitors will be issued with a row of turnips to thin and traditional sacking for their knees.

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