The annual woodchopping carnival gets under way at Brunswick Heads next Wednesday.
The annual woodchopping carnival gets under way at Brunswick Heads next Wednesday.

Big weekend of sport at Brunswick

Celebrating 50 years, the Brunswick Heads Woodchop Carnival and Festival of the Fish and Chips kicks off on Saturday (Jan 9) with the popular fishing competition.

Registration is at 2pm in the Housie Shed in Banner Park, and there will be fireworks at 9pm.

Saturday’s program will also include a masters surf carnival at Brunswick Heads beach, as well as golf and bowls events in various surrounding venues and as a display of cars.

On Sunday, besides the traditional fishing competition weigh-in and presentation at 10am at the Housie Shed, there is also an athletics carnival at Stan Thompson Oval at 8.30am, to be run by the Brunswick-Byron Athletics Club. (The contact person for the athletics carnival is Jim Stammers on 66802071).

Monday, January 11, sees the revival of an event that’s bound to attract a great deal of interest – a sand modelling competition run by the Brunswick Heads Progress Association.

 Registration is at 11am for the four different divisions, and the competition will take place on the beach in front of the marine tower, by the south wall.

On Tuesday, January 12, there will be a dinner at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club – a reunion get-together for anyone who has been involved in any way with the festival over the years.

After that the woodchop carnival program will run from Wednesday, January 13, to Saturday, January 16.

“There is a strong field of experienced axemen coming,” committee secretary Joy Slater said.

And while the young and no-longer-so-young will be wielding their axes and saws at the carnival, Joy looks forward to the stories, tall and otherwise, at the reunion dinner as some of the original axemen and original committee members gather round to swap yarns, pride of place no doubt going to historian Reg Byrnes and ‘Mr fun carnival’ himself Noel McGregor.

“There’s been a lot of planning in bringing it all together,” Joy said.

“We appreciate that the public has been so supportive and there are so many people to thank – all the axemen who’ve been coming year after year, and above all, the people who come to watch.

“For all we know there are people who’ve been sitting there for 50 years.”

In celebration of the 50th anniversary, the committee has put out a souvenir booklet to document the carnival’s proud history.

The booklet is available from the Brunswick Heads Visitor Centre in Park Street at $5 a copy.

More information or tickets for the reunion dinner can be obtained from Joy Slater on 66801170.

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