FISH AND CHIPS: Woodchips flying at last year’s woodchop carnival in Brunswick Heads.
FISH AND CHIPS: Woodchips flying at last year’s woodchop carnival in Brunswick Heads. Nolan Verheij-Full

Get ready for fireworks and fishing at Brunswick festival

THE annual Festival of the Fish 'n' Chips gets underway at 9pm this Saturday with the family fireworks in Banner Park, Brunswick Heads.

On Sunday morning the Lions Club will be conducting a junior fishing competition and registration will be from 6am to 10am at the Timber Housie shed in Banner Park.

Weigh-in will be at 1pm sharp. For information please contact 0428117259.

From Wednesday to Sunday, January 13-16, the 56th annual woodchop carnival will take place with 80 axe men, women and juniors contesting 34 events.

Competitors are coming from all of the eastern states and WA, New Zealand and Canada. To foster the family atmosphere both women and junior boys and girls get the opportunity to compete in single and mixed events alongside the men and veteran men.

This encourages continuation of the sport.

There will be two Australian titles decided at the event - the Australian 375mm Standing Block and 275 Underhand Championships with defending champions Chris Owen (Grafton, NSW) and Brent Rees (WA) back again.

Once again Brad De Losa (Lithgow) and Jason Wynyard (NZ) will be competing having recently returned from Poland.

There Jason won the Single competition at this year's Stihl Timbersports Championships.

The women will be represented by Jodie Beutel and Jillian Stratton, both defending their titles.

The Brunswick Heads woodchop carnival is regarded as the biggest carnival outside the Sydney and Brisbane shows. Descendants of many of the original organisers, competitors, volunteers and supporters continue to come each year.



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