Traditional horseback riding competition

Legend has it that this tradition can be traced back to the withdrawal of the Swedish which made tribute payments in the form of barrels full of herring obsolete. In celebration, the local population devised a competition in which horseback riders armed with a bat ride under a suspended barrel and attempt to beat it down. The Wustrow barrel beating competition takes place annually on the second Sunday in July (start time 2:30 pm). The riders on the fairground compete for three prizes:

The rider who completely knocks out the bottom of the barrel is crowned „bottom king“. The rider who hits the last piece of the barrel's casing is crowned „stave king“. And finally, the rider who knocks off the very last piece of the barrel is the "barrel king".

The town‘s school children can participate in a mini-version of barrel beating on foot.

On Saturday night before the festival, the Tonnenbund Wustrow e.V. organises a party tent with music and dancing on the festival site. The traditional riders' ball takes place on the fairground on the evening of the competition.

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