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The annual Fish ’n’ Chips Festival and Woodchop Carnival will be taking place again this year with the festival getting off to an exciting start on January 13 with a great bonanza of fireworks for all the family at Brunswick Heads Banner Park.

Locals and visitors alike are invited to come and enjoy four days of woodchopping excitement between the January 18 and 20. The chips will be flying with women’s, mens and children’s competitions taking place.

Running since 1961

The festival started in 1961 and will be running for its 58th consecutive year with the strong support of volunteers and the help of the McGregors Family Carnival.

At the time the Fish ’n’ Chip festival started it reflected two of the major industries in the area. Fishing boats crossed one of the most dangerous bars in Australia on a daily basis while the chips were still flying from the logging of the red cedars that were then floated down the river to be traded from Brunswick.

Chips fly as Brad de Losa slams into a 300 ml m tanding block. The Annual Brunswick Heads Woodchop Carnival, got under way yesterday and the action will continue until Saturday night.

Champion choppers

This year three of the world championship, five man ‘Chopperoo’ team that competed at the Stihl Timbersports World Championship will be seen competing at Brunswick. Brad de Losa, Mitchell Argent and Brayden Meyer will be making it look like cutting through an whopping great log is as easy as slicing through cheese.

Brad de Losa finishing second overall in the individual events at the world championships after being beaten by New Zealand based axeman Jason Wynyard who won his ninth world championship.

Even the kids competition leaves spectators gasping at the speed and tenacity of the young woodchoppers as they take on their logs.

‘A program that was introduced many years ago has seen the emergence of junior boys and girls

following their parents into the sport of woodchopping, becoming champions in their own right,’ said event secretary Joy Slater.

For more information on the Fish ’n’ Chips festival and the woodchop carnival at check out their website here.  www.bhwoodchop.com

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  1. When are we going to mature as a culture and omit fireworks from festivities….our country one of the most affected by climate change and every year we pollute with 100’s of tons of fireworks around our nation and call it a celebration…..surely it could be created digitally! without the pollution.


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