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National Herdsmen Competition and Shepherd Meeting 2020

May 30 @ 9:00 am 5:00 pm

The annual National Goulash Competition and Shepherd Meeting intends to present the living traditions and the work of the shepherds of the Hungarian Grey Cattle.  

Herdsmen and shepherds coming from different parts of Hungary will compete with each other to prove their knowledge.  The main competitions are water pulling from a fountain, animal counting that involves estimating the number of animals crossing the bridge as accurately as possible and animals’ ear tags reading. The competitors will also be able to match their strength in “karikás” (special Hungarian whip slapping), and in the herdsmen stick and dart throwing. The judges will also score on the equipment and clothing.

Planned program (30th May 2020): 

9:00 AM – Opening ceremony including the march of the herdsmen and shepherds, ox and buffalo, , Greeting song of herdsmen and shepherds, Opening speeches and  presentation of the herdsmen, and the judging panel, Greeting of the Dance Ensemble “Debreceni Hajdú”

10:00 AM – Presentation of clothing and equipment

10:10 AM – Presentation of herdsmen professions 

10:45 AM – Herdsmen crafts

12:40 AM – Herdsmen stick usage

1:35 PM – Competition (water pulling from a fountain, herdsmen stick and dart throwing, and  “karikás” ( special Hungarian whip slapping)

4 PM –  Awards ceremony followed by horseback riding show

5 PM –  Joint “karikás”  special Hungarian whip slapping

Event details:

Date: 30 May 2020

Location: Hortobágy, Pusztai Állat Park

Admission prices: HUF 900 (adult); HUF 600 (pensioner, disabled, student, children). Free under 3 years.