Chip off the old block

Place getters and relay winners in the 2012 Henry Lawson Festival Wood Chopping Competition were presented with their ribbons from Henry Lawson Festival Queen Danielle Schneider (L-R) John Kirk, Matt Reid, Glen Ryan, Greg Guihot and Jeremy Ryan and in front Billy and Max Reid.A large crowd of very interested spectators was present at all heats and finals of the ever-popular wood chopping competition and demonstrations held in Rygate Square. In glorious conditions for wood chopping, this was once again a highlight of this year’s Henry Lawson Festival.
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The first heats commenced immediately following the procession on Saturday afternoon.

Axemen from Gilgandra, Rylstone, Bathurst, Old Bowenfels and Grenfell competed for the 300mm (12”) Underhand and 300mm (12”) and Standing Block events.

The finals commenced at 4pm and relay in which all axemen competed was the final event of the day finishing around 4.30pm.

During the afternoon axemen demonstrated their skills with a chain saw – carving seats from a block and presented them to the smallest spectator on hand.

Another very popular event was the hard hitting contest, where each axeman takes on the challenge – it is not a race – just individual event – to see how many hits to get through a log. Jeremy Ryan of Gilgandra was the winner in this event with 30 hard hits, closely followed by last year’s second place getter, John Kirk of Rylstone with 31 blows. John was narrowly defeated in this event last year by his son Phillip.

The 300mm (12”) Underhand results were 1st John Kirk (Rylstone) off 11, 2nd Glen Ryan (Old Bowenfels) off 6 and 3rd Jeremy Ryan (Gilgandra) off 6.

The 300mm (12”) Standing Block results were 1st J Kirk (Rylstone) off 24, 2nd Jeremy Ryan (Gilgandra) off 11 and 3rd Glen Ryan (Old Bowenfels) off 6.

The final event on the program was the popular relay event (an event in which all axemen compete).

Local axeman, Matt Reid was a spurred on by the crowd and although he has not swung an axe since last year’s festival was a very popular contender.

Matt’s two young budding axemen Max 4 and Billy 7 also entertained the crowd with their wood chopping skills.

Following finals and relay, prize money and ribbons were presented to all placegetters and the relay team by the 2012 Henry Lawson Festival Queen, Danielle Schneider.

Wood chopping has been a very been a popular event at the Festival since 1977.

On behalf of the Festival committee I wish to thank the following for their generous sponsorship of this year’s event – Major Sponsor Essential Energy, the Grenfell Lions Club, Carol Logan and Laurel Scheimer of the Railway Hotel, Terry and Deidre Carroll of Terry Carroll Motors School Bus Service, Peter and Val Mellon of Peter Mellon Motors, Jenny and Stuart Schneider of Closeburn Stud and Ian and Barbara Jones of Grenfell Contractors.

This popular event at the Henry Lawson Festival would not be possible without the support and sponsorship of these businesses.

Deidre Carroll – Woodchop Coordinator

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