Queenslander Shane Lawson competes in last year’s 10-inch standing block event.
Queenslander Shane Lawson competes in last year’s 10-inch standing block event. Doug Eaton

Logs and lines lure 'em in

THE logs have arrived - all 993 of them - and that can only mean one thing.

It's woodchop time.

Brunswick Heads' annual woodchop carnival starts next Wednesday, bringing some of the country's best axemen and women to town.

An army of young volunteers - members of a youth activities group in Brunswick Heads - were on hand to help stack and sort yesterday's delivery in preparation for next week's event.

The logs have been cut from plantation timber and will be watered twice a day in the lead-up to the carnival to prevent splitting or cracking.

About 80 axemen and women will compete at this year's carnival, including New Zealanders Jason and Karmyn Wynyard, Brad Delosa of NSW, Brad Haines of Victoria and Lindsay and Kerry Hewitt of Queensland.

The woodchop is part of the Brunswick Heads Festival of the Fish 'n' Chips, which kicks off with a fishing competition (weather permitting) and fireworks display this Saturday.

Keen fishers can register from 2pm on Saturday, with the weigh-in on Sunday morning at the Housie Shed in Banner Park.

Prizes will be awarded for biggest mixed bag, biggest fish, biggest flat-head, biggest bream and biggest whiting.

Men's, ladies' and junior boys' and girls' champions will also be crowned.

A fireworks display will light up Banner Park from 9pm on Saturday night.

The axes will start swinging from lunchtime next Wednesday, with afternoon sessions from 1pm and evening sessions from 7pm each day until Saturday.

A morning session will also be held from 10am on Friday.

Heavy rains and floods in Queensland made for a dramatic start to last year's carnival.

Floodwaters made it difficult for many competitors to arrive on time and the carnival was almost called off.

Organisers have their fingers crossed for some better weather this time round.



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