After two years without woodchopping at the Deloraine Show, the event is set to make its return this year.
The show will be held on Saturday, November 24 and the Northern Tasmanian Axemans Association coordinator Michael Kelly said this year’s woodchopping program would be one of the best programs he’s ever seen.
This year has $6000 available prize money.
The association’s secretary Amanda Beams said they were expecting about 50 entries on the day.
“The arena at Deloraine Showgrounds is a magic arena with fantastic viewing for patrons to witness this truly amazing sport,” she said. “Tasmania is well renown for punching well above our weight in the depth of competitors young and old.”
Two memorial events will be held including the Ned Terry Memorial 225mm Standing Handicap and the Merv Youd Memorial Standing Hard Hitting Championship. A number of other events including a 250mm and a 325mm standing handicap, along with two treefelling events will also be held.
An event that will be “keenly contested” is the A Grade and B Grade Family Combination Handicap, Ms Beams said.
“Two members of a family will compete in a relay of one standing and one underhand to determine the winning family,” she said.
“There are many events for show patrons to come along and watch the skill and technique required to chop through freshly lathed timber.”
The program will offer six-hours of nonstop action, begin at 9.30am and continue all day chopping approximately every 10 minutes right through to 3.30pm.
“Treefelling will be held twice through the day. Treefelling is the most spectacular event, guys climb three boards up each side of the tree to fell the log on top, the fastest wins,” she said.
“Local favourite in the Treefelling would have to be Daniel Gurr, recently crowned the World Rookie Champion for 2018 and Kody Steers who is three-times Tasmanian Champion of Champions, also past Australian champion of Champions.”
Anyone wanting more information can contact Councillor Michael Kelly on 0408 137 604.
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