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The 2014 dates are confirmed 12 - 14 September and planning is underway for this year’s Kawerau Woodfest & National Woodskills Competition.

 

Kawerau Woodfest attracts around 12,000 people during the 3 day event, in 2014 the visiting public can expect more wood themed fun and activities.

This year the visiting public can expect another jam packed weekend of attractions at Kawerau Woodfest.

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Entry forms and details for the National Woodskills Competition are now available.

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. Following its success last year this year will be the 2nd to include 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.


 

 

In 2011 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 race is somewhat more challenging with 3 cubic metres being the task. In 2013, the long standing champions (Rietway Diggerz) were finally toppled over by Hubbards Contracting and this will make for another amazing Champs in 2014.  Do not miss this.




On Prideaux Park there will be the KFL Pro Logger Chainsaw Races, these races are specifically aimed at professional loggers working in the forestry industry.

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 to follow!

There will be plenty of sideshows and 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 the 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.

Here are some snapshots from Woodfest 11. 

Plenty more in store for 2014!

 

 

 

ATTRACTIONS 2014




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NATIONAL WOODSKILLS COMPETITION


12,13,14 September (Fri,Sat,Sun) Prize Giving (Thurs)
Ron Hardie Recreation Centre
Sunday 9am - 3.30pm
Friday/Saturday 9am - 4.30pm
ADULTS-$10
CHILD-$3
FAMILY-$20
SENIORS-$5 (Fri. only)

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THE PUREX RECORD SETTER WORLD RECORD GAMES

13,14 September (Sat & Sun)
Plunket St (Prideaux Park)
10am-3pm

COMPETITORS- FREE
SPECTATORS- FREE

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WOODBUGS

8 - 14 September (All week)
The Sculpt Zone (Circus Paddock)
9am-3pm


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AXE MEN

13 September (Sat)
Prideaux Park
10am-2.30pm

SPECTATORS- FREE

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THE AIE PACIFIC TOYOTA BIG DIG WORLD CHAMPS


14 September (Sun)
The Dig Zone (Skate Park)
9am-1pm (approx.)

SPECTATORS- FREE

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THE 'PACIFIC TOYOTA' DIDDY DIG

13 September (Sat)
The Dig Zone (Skate Park)
10am

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'KFL' PRO LOGGER CHAINSAW RACES


13 September (Sat)
Prideaux Park
8.30am-3pm (approx)

COMPETITORS-$25
SPECTATORS- FREE

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SIDESHOWS & ATTRACTIONS

13,14 September (Sat & Sun)
Prideaux Park
All Day

Various

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ROTARY TOWN CRAFT MARKET


13 September (Sat)
Town centre
All Day

STALL HOLDERS-$20 per site
SHOP & SPEND

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THE WOODFEST GYPSY FAIR

13,14 September (Sat,Sun)
Prideaux Park
All Day

SHOP & SPEND

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BIKE TRIALS DEMO+COMP

13,14 September (Sat,Sun)
Prideaux Park
11.30am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm (approx)

SPECTATORS- FREE

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THE HUBBARD CONTRACTING FMX PROS

13,14 September (Sat & Sun)
Prideaux Park
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DOGMATIC TRICK DOG TEAM

13 & 14 September (Sat & Sun)
Prideaux Park
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SPECTATORS - FREE

 

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THE WATERWHEEL ZONE

13,14 September (Sat, Sun)
Prideaux Park
All day

FREE

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INDUSTRIAL SITE TOURS (Bookings essential)

13 September (Sat)
Kawerau Information Centre (323 6300 to book)
10am, 12pm, 2pm

$2

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COMPETITION'S INFO AND ENTRY FORMS

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 NOTE: All attractions subject to change dependent on weather