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Raw power & nail-biting action for 2017 Royal Melbourne Show Woodchop Championships

In 1911, woodchoppers competed for the first time at the Royal Melbourne Show. 106 years later, entries are now open for the 2017 Woodchop Championships.

Conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), the Woodchop Championships see axemen and women compete in a number of thrilling events including Tree Felling, Axe Throwing, Chainsaw Racing, Standing Block and Underhand.

With over $90,000 in trophies and prize money on offer across more than 50 events, the toughest champion and handicap woodchoppers from Australia and around the world will battle it out to see who will take home the coveted Golden Axe.

In 2015 and 2016, the Grand Aggregate Trophy or Golden Axe, was awarded to Victoria’s Laurence O’Toole, who is also the current world champion in Underhand and Standing divisions.

O’Toole is a third generation member of the successful woodchopping family, which has dominated woodchopping in Victoria for the past 60 years.

Entries to the competition are open from Monday 3 April until Friday 26 May 2017, with the competition to take place from 23 September – 1 October 2017 at Melbourne Showgrounds.

RASV members are eligible for a discount on entry fees. For more information or to enter online visit www.rasv.com.au.