Big Weekend ahead at Kawerau

Date published: September 3, 2012 at 10:13 am | Comments

The dates are set and planning is underway for this year’s Kawerau Woodfest & National Woodskills Competition.

10 reasons to come to Kawerau Woodfest:

1) You will see the 1st Big Dig World Champs
2) Watch real pro-loggers (released from bush duties) race each other
3) Witness the best chainsaw carvers in NZ
4) You can pull a 16 tonne logging truck 40 metres through Kawerau
5) Check out how Kawerau kids manage to shovel woodchip in the Diddy Dig
6) Watch a Scotsman crown a tree
7) Visit the National Woodskills Competition
8) See NZ’s best trial bikers compete
9) Be entertained by the Woodfest Dog Star Show
10) John Rowles concert on Friday night at Kawerau Town Hall

If that isn’t enough, well…

Last year’s Woodfest in Kawerau attracted around 12,000 people during the 3 day event. The Rugby World Cup themed weekend provided the visiting public of all ages a weekend of entertainment and attractions of which most were free to watch. This year the visiting public can expect another jam-packed weekend of attractions in Kawerau.

There is a John Rowles concert on Friday night at Kawerau Town Hall, tickets still available at Kawerau Information Centre for $35 each. John is the original Kawerau Kid and this is his final concert.

Kawerau is steeped in its history as a mill town and with the Woodskills Competition, as the jewel in the crown of Woodfest it is the ultimate event encompassing all things wood. The National Woodskills Competition held in the Ron Hardie Recreation Centre demonstrates the finer side of wood crafting with an incredible level of artistic skill and creativity always leaving the visiting public amazed. This year, a new category has been included with the introduction of Raranga (weaving in wearable, traditional, contemporary and sculptural formats).

During the weekend the outdoor activities are always present and offer the strolling public a full day of attractions with no shortage of entertainment. The stock favourites of chainsaw carving and the woodchopping teams demonstrate their skills in the Bull Ring; whilst the Dig Zone is the only place in New Zealand you will witness children and adults shovelling woodchip at speed, in a race format.

Last year the inaugural Diddy Dig competition entertained the crowds, with 64 students (8-10 years) from local primary schools shovelling half a cubic metre of woodchip into a bin. This was an incredible success with a team from Kawerau South School taking out the trophy, and this year it is sure to be another crowd pleaser.

Tradition now has the ‘grown up kids’ compete in the Big Dig on Sunday, where the task is somewhat more challenging with 3 cubic metres being the task. The team from Riteway Riggerz are the undisputed champions and this year being the 1st Big Dig World Champs, it will be a hotly contested competition.

On Prideaux Park there will be the KFL Pro Logger Chainsaw Races, these races are specifically aimed at professional loggers working in the industry with the challenge to make 10 cuts on a log as quick as you can, and penalty time is added when cuts are considered to be not straight. With $3500 in prize money this is a hotly contested competition. Any pro loggers interested in entering this event can get entry forms from the official website. Another fine demonstration of chainsaw skill is the Waiariki Polytechnic Chainsaw Skills Races with wave cuts, bore, up & down cuts and some log splitting thrown in, makes for an excellent demonstration.

There are new main attractions in the pipeline for this year’s Woodfest and these will most definitely amuse and amaze the public. More details will come closer to the event. There will be plenty of sideshows, attractions for the young and heaps of food vendors to keep the energy levels up. Don’t forget to check out the Rotary Club of Kawerau running their craft market in the CBD along with the Kawerau Arts Society who will display in the Concert Chambers.

Kawerau Woodfest is a great family day out in the heart of the Bay of Plenty.

Source: eventfinder