OZ DAY FUN: Staff at the Australian Hotel in Ballina, Tina Kelly and Ashleigh Mason, gear up for the pavlova-scoffing competition to be held at the pub on Australia Day, along with other novelty events.
OZ DAY FUN: Staff at the Australian Hotel in Ballina, Tina Kelly and Ashleigh Mason, gear up for the pavlova-scoffing competition to be held at the pub on Australia Day, along with other novelty events. Doug Eaton

Who’s our pavlova champion?

AHH, tucking into a pavlova is a perfect way to top off a few snags spun on the barbie on Australia Day.

But the Australian Hotel in Ballina will be seeing who loves the good old Aussie pav the most.

The pub, which has become known for its novelty events in the past few years, will be holding a pavlova-scoffing event on our national day, January 26.

Okay, it's our national day, so we'll ignore the debate that the dessert, named after Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, may have actually been created in New Zealand.

But we've claimed New Zealand-born Russell Crowe, so why not claim the pav, too. The scoffing competition is a "double-barrel" event, which means two people feed the hand-held pav to each other.

Steve Bocking from the pub said the pav-scoffing idea was inspired by the prawn-shelling and eating competition at last year's inaugural Ballina Prawn Festival.

"We wanted to take novelty eating and sporting events to a new level, with an Australian flavour," he said.

Also on the card of events at the pub is the annual cane toad auctions and races, a thong-throwing competition and a round of chuck-a-chook. There are plenty of prizes to be won, and all the action starts at the River St pub at noon.

Meanwhile, if you want to work off a few calories before getting stuck into a pavlova, the Ballina Triathlon Club is holding a come-and-try tri day on Australia Day.

The 250m swim, 6.5km bike ride and 2.5km run starts from Prospect Lake, East Ballina from 7am.

Also on Australia Day, the East Ballina Lions Club will be holding a barbecue at Fawcett Park in Ballina's CBD from 8.30-11am.

And you can sign on for the Ballina RSL Club's popular kids' fishing competition at the club from 10am.



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