The Metworst Races is an annual race with horses on the morning of Carnival Monday. A metworst is a typically Dutch sausage. Only members of the Society of temporary bachelors ‘De Metworst’ can participate: unmarried men, born, raised and residing in Boxmeer. The race consists of a knock-out race of generally thirteen rides and is held in the Vortums Veld (Vortum Field), between Sambeek and Vortum-Mullen. Thousands of people leave for to the field in the early morning to watch the rides. The horses must be medically certified by the race vet. The riders must wear solid white trousers and a solid blue blouse, with a red ribbon on the left arm, and a crash helmet. Before the finals there is a draft horse race. The horses are judged on appearance. The winner of the finals, the King’s Ride, is King of the Metworst for one year and fetches the annual inheritance tax in the form of goods from the ‘Belaste Hoeve’ (Charged Farm) in Vortum. That is his prize, which also comprises a yards-long metworst sausage, a loaf of bread, half a pig’s head and half a case of beer. The Protectors decorates him with a silver king’s shield. Subsequently the King, accompanied by the other riders and the Gekkekar (Crazy Car), returns to the centre of Boxmeer, where he is crowned by the Protectress. If a King of the Metworst wins for three years at a row, he may call himself Emperor of the Metworst.