AXE TO GRIND: World champion axeman David Foster, from Tasmania, is watched by kids from Pottsville
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QUEENSLAND axeman Kerry Head has been venturing south of the border to the Brunswick Heads Fish'N'Chips Festival woodchop for 19 years, and reckons there's no other festival like it.

"I've never missed a year. Apart from the woodchop, there's the family atmosphere and beautiful surroundings," he said.

"There's lots for kids and the rest of the family to do, and in the morning I can go for a swim and then chop in the afternoon."

Mr Head is just one of more than 70 axemen from around Australia competing in the woodchop that kicks off today at 3.30pm at Banner Park and continues until Saturday.

Woodchop 2005 will also feature the country's most famous axeman, David Foster.

Fish'N'Chips Festival president Bruce Garrard said the drawcard event would be the State of Origin clash between Queensland and NSW on Saturday, a hotly-contested title.

Mr Head said his NSW opponents would be up against a formidable Queensland side.

"We have a fairly strong team this year. We'll keep them busy," he said.

Mr Garrard said this year would be a cracker.

"If people haven't seen woodchop at its best, they should come this year," he said.



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