MOUNT PERRY WOOD CHOP BACK AGAIN
Two decades of Mount Perry woodchop
THE Mount Perry Grand Hotel will host the 23rd Annual Mount Perry Woodchop this Saturday to complement the big day of Mount Perry events.
Entry is free and will take place on the front lawn of the Mount Perry Grand Hotel, starting at 10am and running until late.
Spectators have the chance to get involved and win prize money with the Woodchopper Auction.
This year is also a special event being held in the honour of Morris Dingle.
Woodchopper Noel Carbery competed in the same event last year and has been involved with the sport for three decades.
“This sport is a great way to stay fit and it creates a more functional strength,” Mr Carbery said.
He said the sport was great for spectating and Mount Perry had a rich history of woodchopping.
“It’s hard not to get into it when you are in Mount Perry,” Mr Carbery said.
The annual woodchop offers great family atmosphere with fun for all ages including a jumping castle and loads of kid activities.
Market stalls will also have locally sourced arts and crafts for sale along with a barbecue lunch and coffee on offer.
After the 5pm auction, the mechanical bull will be rolled out, along with live entertainment and a fully licensed bar.
There is something for everyone this weekend in Mount Perry.
Spectators will also see multiple generations of the same family competing in the woodchopping competition, mostly the Dingle family.
Talented woodchopper Kurt Dingle has been building on that family legacy.
“It feels good to be the next generation and to keep it running in the family is another bonus,” Mr Dingle said.
“They can teach us a lot because they have been there and done it.”
The October woodchopping competition is traditionally the start of the end of the season for the Mount Perry axemen as they start to wind down for the Christmas period.
So this could be your last chance in a while to catch some of the exciting woodchopping action in Mount Perry.
■ You can find further information about the event on the Mount Perry Hotel Facebook page.
CLEAN CUT: Luke Dingle finishing off his woodchop at Mt Perry.
The woodchop is hard fought at Mt Perry.