DISAPPEARING ART: The Sawtell Super Fun Day is one of the few places left to watch woodchopping. Photo: Leigh Jensen
DISAPPEARING ART: The Sawtell Super Fun Day is one of the few places left to watch woodchopping. Photo: Leigh Jensen

Sawtell set for new year revelry

PREPARATIONS are heating up for the 95th Sawtell Super Fun Day on January 1.

Organising committee spokesman Mike Barnes said another action-packed day of sporting and community events was being planned to bring crowds flocking into the seaside town.

"The Sawtell Super Fun Day has events designed for the enjoyment of all," he said.

"From the fun runs that blow the New Year's Day cobwebs away to the sprint races on the course ... there's always so much going on that it's hard to keep up."

The historic 5.5km Coffs Harbour Blinds and Awnings Fun Run starts outside Sawtell RSL at 9am, with registrations being taken from 7.30am.

Should he start again on January, Corindi Beach runner Jordan Gusman will be shooting for his third-straight victory.

Tara Everson of Coramba is the defending women's champion.

Following the street procession, activities heat up at the reserve with children's foot races and the ladies gift. The Geoff King Motors Sprint for amateur and semi-professional runners is the highlight of the afternoon program.

Entry fees start at $2 for kids.

Unique to Sawtell is the program of woodchopping events.

Apart from at the major shows, this fine Australian sport is harder to find these days but a highly competitive program always features on January 1 at Sawtell.

"There's no chance of being bored as there's always something going on that leaves us old blokes tired out by the end of the day," Barnes said.

"We've got market stalls, carnival rides and all sorts of food and drink available.

"Every member of the family is catered for.

"However, it's usually a very hot day so we urge everybody going out in the sun to wear a hat and sunscreen, and don't forget to drink plenty of fluids."



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