IT'S Mt Larcom Show's man den, but one 67-year-old chain sawing competitor was dragged into the sport 15-year-ago by his girlfriend.
Philip Waters, in Mt Larcom for the National Chain Sawing Championships, concedes his ego got the better of him, as he wanted to please his former girlfriend by "rounding up" her ex-boyfriend in the chain saw arena.
"Over throughout the years there was a rivalry, and we became very good sawing companions," Mr Waters said.
Chain sawing is taking the Armidale man across the country, but he said the Mt Larcom crowd is among the biggest and "the running of the show is second to none".
Craig Butler, president of the Mt Larcom Show Society, said the wood events, including chain sawing and wood chipping, had drawn what he believes is a record Saturday crowd to the show. Stall holders suffered a power outage in the early hours of this morning, but Mr Butler said "when you've got electricity and toilet problems, it's a sign the number are good".
It's the first time chain sawing's top event has come to the region, with Mr Butler saying the success of last year's event led its organisers to the decision that Mt Larcom should be the venue.
Mr Butler said a litany of sponsors, major ones of which are Santos and the Calliope Bank, wanted to be a part of the event.
He said the Mt Larcom Show is making wood events the ultimate spectator sport where, unlike other wood events, such as at Brisbane's Ekka, there is no fence between the competitors and spectators. Spectators holding a XXXX Gold can feel the full power of the chainsaws a few meters away as their can vibrates.
Mr Waters bowed out of the competition yesterday after he was disqualified for leaving splinters on the wood, saying "it's not all power -- there's a lot of disciplines in this sport".
But he said it's his first event back after a pelvic break, adding "I'm well out of being toned up".