Even bull fights are an international connection.
So, another festival and yet, another bull fight. What is up with these animals fighting all the time? Well, just to let you know, it is the 17th Jeongeup National Bull Fighting Contest that will be held at Special Bullring near Mt.Naejang Culture Square from October 31 to November 4. This contest has taken place since 1996, developing into a national contest in 1998. It also evolved to a higher definition of culture by being designated as an official culture & tour festival that is recognized by the government in 2003. About 128 bulls from all over world take part in the contest. Like many of the festivities these days, leaving out the interaction between other countries seems to be nearly impossible. All in all, still keeping the traditions alive while exchanging with each other on an international level is what keeps people coming back time after time to these festivities. Anyways, back to the contest details, the total awards are 4,0250,000 won. Wouldn’t it be nice to own a winning bull during these rough economic times? There are 6 weight classes and the contest is composed of tournament by the draw. Along with this festival, Jeongeup Livestock Products Festival is going to take place so visitors can buy Korean beef in the market nearby. About 110,000 people visited last year and is regarded as a representative festival of Jeongeup in autumn colors season. Since Thanksgiving is coming up, might as well stock up on some meat. They say Korean beef (hanwoo) is the top notch quality in the beef line making it that much more expensive. But, why not take the chance to buy it at a lower price AND enjoy some festivities while you’re at it?? Need more information about the festival? Visit their English site.
우직한 한우들이 펼치는 역동적인 한판 승부가 될 제17회 전국민속소싸움대회는 10월 31일부터 11월 4일까지 내장산문화광장 인근 농경문화체험관 옆에 마련된 특설경기장에서 펼쳐진다. 정읍전국민 소싸움 대회는 1996년 첫 대회가 열렸으며, 1998년 전국대회를 거쳐 2003년부터는 정부가 인정하는 문화관광축제로 지정되었습니다. 정읍은 물론 전국 각지에서 내로라 하는 싸움소 128여두가 참가하여 총상금 4천25만원을 두고 6개 체급별로 기량을 겨룬다. 경기는 체급별 대진표 추첨에 의한 토너먼트 방식으로 진행된다. 특히 행사장 인근에서 한우 판매와 먹거리 장터, 전북 축산물 브랜드 전시회 등의 정읍축산물 축제도 진행된다. 한편 정읍전국민속소싸움대회는 지난해 모두 11만명 이상의 관람객이 찾는 등 단풍철 정읍의 대표축제로서의 위상을 다져가고 있다.