Axeman put on a show
WOODCHOP: Gary Adamson of Woodford follows the agriculture shows around south east Queensland to compete in woodchop.
He has been attending the Kingaroy show for 20 years and took part in the all day event on Saturday.
"It was a strong field today,” he said.
Adamson's pet event is the veterans 250mm underhand and he loves the competitiveness and the community that take part in the shows.
"I like meeting the fellow axeman because we are all mates and we all have a good time and it is a good day,”
For Adamson woodchop is a family affair.
His father was a woodcopper and Adamson has now been involved for 48 years and has also encouraged his son to take part.
Over the 20 years he has attended the show Adamson has seen the woodchop event transform into what it is today.
"They had the world titles back then and the world titles have gone but the character is still here,” he said.
John Gossow oversaw proceedings on Saturday and said with four heats of axeman in in each event is a good field for a show nowadays where sponsorship is hard to come by.
"For the last 10 years we have had the same crowd each year,” he said.
"It used to be a two day show but is back to a one day show and it is all about getting sponsorship.
"Money is hard to get and that is why it is down to a one day show but we still get a good crowd here.”