Nowra Show Dates: Feb 07th & 08th 2020 Gates Open: 8am Gates Close: 10pm

Wood Chopping


Once again woodchopping will take centre stage at Nowra Show and is truly a great attraction for many spectators.

The woodchopping competition is a prestigious event in the woodchopping calendar and therefore attracts some of the best axemen in the world. Competitors travel to the Nowra Show from throughout NSW, Victoria, QLD, WA and New Zealand.

Visiting axemen are keen to attend our show as the wood we use here is the same as the wood

prepared for the Sydney Royal Easter Show. This allows them to hone their skills and axes in preparation for the big event in Sydney.

Axemen aged between 10 years and 80 years compete in events representing all types of chopping and sawing, in an attempt to take home the large prizes on offer.

The local contingent of axemen are always very competitive, with some having competed at the show for decades. The crowds are ever keen to cheer on the locals.

Since the opening of the woodchop pavilion at Nowra Showground in 1999, spectators have become far more comfortable at this most popular part of the Nowra Show program as they are able to sit under cover, sheltered from all the elements while they watch the action.

Boral Limited returns as major sponsor again this year. Boral operates the timber mills on BTU road and are a major contributor in the timber industry. We are delighted to have Boral on board and sponsoring the annual relay race between New Zealand South Island team and the NSW Team. This year there will be three races, one on Friday evening, the second during the afternoon on Saturday and the final on Saturday night. New Zealand will be keen to challenge the NSW side with World Standing Block Champion Adam Lowe captaining the side. These events provide spectacular viewing and are not to be missed.

The woodchopping program gets under way at 5.00pm Friday with heat 1 of the Walsh & Monaghan Valuers underhand, which is followed by the RRR Real Power Tools standing block event.

A new event on Friday last year was the Flavours Shoalhaven 300mm standing block hard hitting. The event was very popular with axemen and spectators. The challenge is to chop the block with the least amount of blows. Whilst the event is timed, it allows axemen to be very accurate with each blow and provides an interesting spectacle for spectators.

Saturday has a very full program commencing at 10-30am and continuing nonstop until 7.00pm approx. It starts with heat 1 of the Ison & Co 1st Division standing block handicap at 10.30am. The first heat of the A & D Treefelling handicap is at 12 noon.  Two events not to be missed are the Dunn & Williams Electrical & Air Conditioning South Coast Championship Standing Block event which is scheduled for 12-30 and the Toby Davis Memorial Underhand event scheduled for 2-45pm. These events promise fast and furious action as all axemen start on the count of three (no handicaps). These two events attract the best axemen at the show!

See you at the Nowra show woodchop.