Chips without the fish at Brunswick Heads festival

By LEONIE BRANN

THE Brunswick Heads Fish' n'Chips Festival has lost some of its flavour with the angling events being cut this year.

The annual fishing and woodchopping festival had insufficient time to get both the angling and woodchop events organised before Sat- urday.

President of the Brunswick Head Carnival and Woodchop Committee, Bruce Garrard, said only 10 people worked behind the scenes to make the event happen.

The fishing events that usually runs over two days were cancelled to focus resources on the woodchop competition.

"Basically the fishing events were put in the 'too hard' basket because we only had a few months to organise the event, and the committee decided to focus on the woodchopping," Mr Garrard said.

"We have plenty of people around during the event to help out, with all the tourists in the area, but it's the same people who organise the festival year in and out."

A fireworks display kicks off the festival on Saturday in Banner Park from 9pm, with woodchopping events running from January 12 to 15.

A field of more than 70 axemen, including David Foster who has 182 world titles to his name, will compete in 23 woodchopping events over four days.

A highlight will be the State of Origin woodchop between New South Wales and Queensland and the Tony 'Gobbler' Kennedy Memorial Trophy woodchop relay event on January 14.

Full copies of the woodchop program are available from Garrard's Butchery, Brunswick Heads.



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