Axes at the ready

Jodie Beutel from Toowoomba showed off his talent last year. Pictures: CHRIS MUNRO

The sound of axes hitting wood will echo through the Killarney Showgrounds as more than 30 skilled competitors gear up for a riveting display of woodchopping prowess. With a rich heritage dating back to the 1870s, woodchopping remains a beloved tradition.

The upcoming Killarney Show Woodchop competition, taking place on Saturday, 24 February, promises a spectacular showcase of talent and tradition. Among the esteemed competitors, the Hewitt and Hinz families will once again make their mark on the event, demonstrating their unwavering dedication to the sport.

Leading the charge for the Hewitt family are Hayden Hewitt, Jess Hewitt, Lindsay Hewitt, and Kerry Hewitt, representing multiple generations of woodchopping excellence. Meanwhile, the Hinz family will be well-represented by junior contender Jordan Hinze, along with his father Tim and veteran chopper Barry Hinze, embodying a legacy of skill and determination.

The competition will feature a diverse range of events, including the Standing Block, Underhand, Tree Felling, Double Handed Cross Cut, Jack & Jill Double Handed Cross Cut, Junior chop, and Vets Chop, promising excitement and adrenaline-fueled action for participants and spectators alike.

Commencing at 9am, the woodchopping will unfold throughout the day, offering attendees the opportunity to witness feats of strength, precision, and skill as competitors vie for top honours in each category.

The Killarney Show & Rodeo Society invites woodchopping enthusiasts and community members to come together and celebrate the enduring legacy of this cherished sport.

For those eager to experience the thrill of woodchopping firsthand, the Killarney Showgrounds on 24th February will be the place to be, where history, tradition, and sporting excellence converge in a spectacular display of skill and determination.