And not much deterred the crowds either, who flocked to Brunswick Heads for all the fun and excitement of the 49th Woodchop, part of the annual Fish and Chips Festival.
Brunswick Heads Carnival and Woodchop Committee president Rosslyn Hogan declared the event a great success, and said that having the best women from Australia and New Zealand back to join the men this year had again confirmed the reputation of Brunswick Heads as the provincial woodchopping capital of Australia.
Karmyn Wynyard from New Zealand again took out the title of women’s ‘Champion of Champions’, while the men’s award went to Dale Ryan from NSW.
This year the fundraising coffers were helped along when the owners of Harley Trike Tours offered a joyride on their trike as a raffle prize, with the lucky winners being two of the Australian Woodchop competitors.
And in turn Woodchop decided to offer a helping hand to a Lismore-based project which raises money to care for HIV/AIDS orphans in a village in Kenya, by selling baskets woven by the villagers.
“All the money goes to help the orphans,” said Rosslyn, “and besides liking the baskets, I thought it a good idea to do some charity work.”
But once the dust has settled, there will be no sitting back with feet up for the committee.
Next year is the big one, the 50th Woodchop, and ideas have already been flying around on how best to celebrate.
“So many people have been coming up to the window,” said Rosslyn from her seat in the committee caravan, “to tell me about memorabilia they have at home they would be willing to lend, and to reminisce about some of the activities that used to be on, such as a dance, axemen’s dinner, treasure hunt, sand modelling and the Anything Goes event.
“We’ll look into it all and see what activities from the past we can get out for next year.”
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