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Kawerau Woodfest & National Woodskills Competition

Kawerau Woodfest attracts around 12,000 people during the 3 day event, in 2015 the visiting public can expect more wood themed fun and activities and hopefully a little less rain!

This year the visiting public can expect another jam packed weekend of attractions at Kawerau Woodfest for what will be the 25th Anniversary of the National Woodskills Competition.

 


 

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).     


            

We are pleased to announce the inclusion of the New Zealand Stihl Timbersport Team will be one of the premier attractions at Woodfest in 2015.

Returning back after their astonishing freestyle motocross stunts will be the Hubbard Contracting FMX Pros, these incredible guys simply stole the who last year, so expect more of the same and better.

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.


 

 

Now in its fourth year, the Diddy Dig competition entertains the crowds with 64 students (8-10 years) from local primary schools shovelling half a cubic metre of woodchip into a bin. This is an incredible success with a teams from Kawerau South School taking out the trophyb each year 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 2014, the Riteway Diggerz overcame their nemesis from 2013; Hubbards Contracting. Who will take out the World Champion Title in 2015.  Do not miss this.




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

The hilarious Purex World Record Games will be back, how long will it take you to unravel a toilet roll or other crazy record breaking attempts using the beloved loo roll?

The famous Truck Pull will be returning and raising funds for CanTeen, get your teams of eight together and be in to win $$$.

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.

 

Plenty more in store for 2015!

 

 

ATTRACTIONS 2015




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NATIONAL WOODSKILLS COMPETITION


25, 26, 27 September (Fri,Sat,Sun) Prize Giving (Thurs)
Ron Hardie Recreation Centre
Sunday 9am - 3.30pm
Friday/Saturday 9am - 4.30pm
ADULTS-$10
U12-FREE
SENIORS-$5 (Fri. only)

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NZ STIHL TIMBERSPORT TEAM

26 September (Sat)
Plunket St (Prideaux Park)
10am-3pm

SPECTATORS- FREE

 

 

 

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THE PUREX RECORD SETTER WORLD RECORD GAMES

26, 27 September (Sat & Sun)
Plunket St (Prideaux Park)
10am-3pm

COMPETITORS- FREE
SPECTATORS- FREE

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WOODBUGS - CARVING SYMPOSIUM

21 - 27 September (All week)
The Sculpt Zone (Circus Paddock)
9am-3pm


SPECTATORS- FREE

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AXE MEN COMPETITION

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

SPECTATORS- FREE

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THE AIE PACIFIC TOYOTA BIG DIG WORLD CHAMPS


27 September (Sun)
The Dig Zone (Skate Park)
9am

SPECTATORS- FREE

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THE 'PACIFIC TOYOTA' DIDDY DIG

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

SPECTATORS- FREE

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'ASH & OAK' PRO LOGGER CHAINSAW RACES


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

COMPETITORS-$25
SPECTATORS- FREE

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'TE WANANGA O AOTEAROA' FORESTRY CHALLENGE

27 September (Sun)
Prideaux Park
All Day

SPECTATORS - FREE

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ROTARY TOWN CRAFT MARKET


26 September (Sat)
Town centre
All Day

STALL HOLDERS-$20 per site
SHOP & SPEND

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THE WOODFEST GYPSY FAIR

26, 27 September (Sat,Sun)
Prideaux Park
All Day

SHOP & SPEND

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BIKE TRIALS DEMO+COMP

26, 27 September (Sat,Sun)
Prideaux Park
All day

SPECTATORS- FREE

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THE HUBBARD CONTRACTING FMX PROS

26, 27 September (Sat & Sun)
Prideaux Park
11.30, 1.00pm & 2.30pm

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DOGMATIC TRICK DOG TEAM

26, 27 September (Sat & Sun)
Prideaux Park
11am & 1.30pm

SPECTATORS - FREE

 

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THE WATERWHEEL ZONE

26, 27 September (Sat, Sun)
Prideaux Park
All day

FREE

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INDUSTRIAL SITE TOURS (Bookings essential)

TBC 
Kawerau Information Centre (323 6300 to book)
11am & 1.00pm

$2

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COMPETITION'S INFO AND ENTRY FORMS

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 NOTE: All attractions subject to change dependent on weather