Chris Owen is geting ready for the woodchopping at the Grafton Show - pictured here chopping at night at the Maclean Show.
Chris Owen is geting ready for the woodchopping at the Grafton Show - pictured here chopping at night at the Maclean Show. Adam Hourigan

Woodchoppers make history at 150th show

WOODCHOPPING: The wood chop has become a stable at the Grafton Show but this year the men behind the axes want to go the extra mile to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the show.

"You have got to do something special," organiser Chris Owen said. "Everyone has that feeling about them that you have to do better, you have to go that extra mile for this one."

With the help of Boral timbers and the generosity of local timber mills and businesses they are able to go that extra mile this year.

Boral have presented $3000 to the Grafton Show to host an Australian title woodchopping event which is attracting some big names to town.

With both World and Australian champions descending on Grafton over the next two days local hopes Dan Shipman and Owen will have their work cut out for them.

In the honour of the late Spiro Notaras the show will play host to a new tree felling event with 11-time world champion Mitchell Hewitt journeying from Canada to compete.

Cangai Timbers are back on board to sponsor the crowd favourite the Standing Block Elimination Championship while Clarence Valley Timbers are sponsoring the 13-inch underhand title.

But the heavyweights will come out as the time-honoured grudge match of NSW v Queensland is decided on the logs. Campbells Sawmill in South Grafton will provide $5000 to the winner of this battle.

NSW hold the advantage after their win at the Canberra Royal Show but Queensland will be hard to hold back as they seek revenge.

"I reckon we have got them," Owen said, who will represent NSW. "I reckon these boys probably cut more passionately for their state then they do for themselves."

For Owen, this weekend holds a big importance with the Grafton Show being where he started chopping 14 years ago.



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