THE MANOR house in Svätý Anton, a village close to Banská Štiavnica, hosted the St Hubert Days during the last weekend of August. Hundreds of hunters and other visitors gathered to celebrate the day in honour of St Hubert, the patron saint of hunters and game keepers.
The rich programme featured many competitions, shows, displays and music. As well as an exhibition in the manor house dedicated to hunting and gamekeeping, visitors saw displays about hawkers, hunting dogs, archers, fishers and handicraftsmen.
Competitions for the longest beard, the most beautiful hunting knife, and photography about hunting were among the unique contests.
A contest entitled hunters’ 5F required competitors to identify an alcoholic spirit, smoke a pipe as fast as possible, sweet-talk a woman, play cards and throw a rifle as far as possible.
While many of the competitions were meant as entertainment, the Slovak Hunting Championship in Calling was of a more serious nature.