WHO will become this year's Liverpool Conker Champion? The keenly-fought competition to become the conker king or queen takes place at Calderstones Park on Saturday October 3 starting at 1pm.
Competitors are aiming to land the Golden Conker Award in the annual competition organised by the city's Rangers.
This is the 15th year the contest has taken place with previous competitions attracting up to 100 entrants.
The championships are open to all age groups and competitors face each other in a boxing ring in front of the Mansion House in the knockout contest.
You can use your own conkers, but Rangers will also provide some. All competitors will receive certificates and entry is free.
City Council park ranger Richie Baker will be hosting the event. He said: “This is a fantastic and fun family event and it certainly brings out the competitive side of everyone involved – particularly the adults.
“One year a man was doing fantastically well and smashed all his opponents’ conkers and made it to the final. Being a bit suspicious I decided to inspect his conker and it turned out to be a painted mahogany castor wheel – I disqualified him.”
The categories people can take part in are under-8s, 8-12, 12-15 and adults. There are also special competitions which will see mums and grans taking on each other and dads v dads.
Liverpool City Council’s executive member for the environment Cllr Berni Turner said: “The Conker Championships attract more and more people every year and gives everyone to take part in a fun event in the beautiful surroundings of Calderstones Park.
“As this is Liverpool’s Year of the Environment we want to encourage residents to spend as much time as possible in our beautiful parks and gardens and the hundreds of Rangers events taking place across the city provide people with the perfect opportunity to do just that.”
People should meet outside the Mansion House and anyone with any enquiries can call 0151 233 3007.
My top tip is to take a pair of gloves and a few plasters...