Bruce Garrard, president of the Brunswick Heads Carnival and Woodchop Committee said this year's carnival was excellent.
There were good crowds, good weather and despite the absence through ill health of the long time handicapper Lionel Sargeant, the handicapping by Kevin Mathie (Sydney Show) and Shayne Maxwell (Brisbane Show), was great.
Mr Garrard said the informative interviews with axemen and officials from the arena had been a worthwhile innovation with very positive feedback from spectators.
As usual, the carnival ended on Saturday night with the state of origin relay, the annual contest between Queensland and New South Wales axemen. New South Wales has won the relay for the past two years, so the question was, 'can the Maroons come back?'.
Mr Garrard described it as a real thriller, the lead see-sawing, with the Queensland captain eventually striking the winning blow at the standing block.
"In the end there was only one hit between them, so the grudge match is on for next year," he said.
Mr Garrard said the carnival provided a venue for many community groups to do some fund raising for their own causes, so as well as providing great entertainment, there were many beneficiaries from the event.
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