Estonians are well-known with their ability to adapt with everything and even manage to have fun with it. While the mosquitoes are the big nuisance for ones, the others masterminded to use them in their advantage. Estonian Mosquito-Catching Championship took place last weekend in Varnja, Tartu county.
Each competitor got 1 square meter of land and 15 minutes for catching the mosquitoes. Rules were that competitors could catch mosquitoes only from their own bodies. So, they had to lure mosquitoes on their bodies first and for that even the t-shirts with the slogan “Suck me!” were used.
From total of 23 competitors Maero Pukk was crowned to Estonian mosquito-catching Champion, with the 18 mosquitoes caught. His price was a trip to Sweden to compete in the World Mosquito-Catching Championship. Competition were held for individuals and 2-people teams separately and the Best Mosquito-catching Team title went to Kristo Karl Aedma and Kevin Saare.
Mosquito-catching a social activity, which also creates a lot of fun for both participants and spectators. Most probably a lot of Estonians are fighting with mosquitoes in June anyway, but if you make a competition out of it, there is no need for the special trainings and everyone could do it. So, there are no age limits nor nationality restrictions. Just take good friends with you and enjoy the day.
This was the third Estonian Mosquito-Catching Championship held, the first one took place in 2010 already. Then the winner title went to Rein Leib, who caught 23 mosquitos in 2 minutes.
But still we cannot take all the credit to ourselves – the idea of making the usual annoying mosquito-catching to a competition originally came from Finland, where the mosquito-catching championships have been held for years already.
Look at the funny photos of the event HERE.