WHAT’S faster than a rat up a drainpipe?
A ferret down a race track.
Following the success of last year’s sheep racing contest, Cannon Hall Farm is trying its hand at another kind of wacky racing.
The farm at Cawthorne, nearBarnsley, is holding hourly ferret races from today until Monday from 11am to 4pm.
Visitors can bet on one of four ferrets for the chance to win a family ticket to the farm.
The farm has borrowed eight ferrets so four can rest while the other four are racing and has built a 40ft course of clear plastic tubing.
Sheep racing helped Cannon Hall Farm win the Best Tourism Experience Award at last year’s White Rose Awards.
So farm owners, brothers Dave and Richard Nicholson, decided to give the long furry creatures a trial run.
Richard said: “Each ferret has a different coloured track and people can pick their favourite colour and enter into a draw.
“If it’s a success we will get our own ferrets.
“The only problem is ferrets are quite smelly. David has had to keep changing his clothes after he’s handled one!”
And how do you persuade ferrets to race?
Richard said: “For the most part they seem to run with a bit of encouragement. They’re very inquisitive so you don’t need much effort.”
Cannon Hall Farm hopes to hold a second sheep racing event over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.