Apr 28, 2011

Woodchop at the Royal Easter show

The Royal Easter Show in Sydney is Big. It is held once a year during the Easter school break, and is like a big (well sponsored) country fair. We arrived at 9.30 am and left a little after 6 pm and still missed out on a lot of things. The kids went on rides, saw farm animals, showjumping, sheep being sheared, and Rex the sheepdog strutting his stuff.

There is simply too much to write about, so I'll just tell you about my favourite part - the woodchop competition. I've never seen anything like it. Men were furiously swinging away with their axes to be the first to hack off a block of wood,. Woodchips were flying everywhere. It was pure adrenaline and stamina and power and brawn, and *ahem* it got pretty hot in there.

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I was on the edge of my seat because I kept thinking that with one wrong swing, a limb would go flying off and blood would be spurting everywhere. (overexposure to B-grade horror flicks as a child)

woodchop royal easter show sydney

But the woodchoppers were actually very precise - every swing led the axe to the same mark.

These men's objective is to chop off a chunk at the top of this 'branch'. This is apparently the toughest contest. Take a good look at all and guess who won?

The old man at the end! Granted he had a big handicap, and started off much earlier. The competitor with the smallest handicap (the TAS guy)  was only allowed to start more than 60 counts later.

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But just the fact that this man is up there felling part of a tree is jaw-dropping, don't you think?

woodchop royal easter show sydney

1 comment:

  1. wow O_O

    thanks so much for sharing this experience. this is something new & interesting for me.

    - jennifer