Wood-chopping contestant Furlyn Barrett at the Rocky Show yesterday.
Wood-chopping contestant Furlyn Barrett at the Rocky Show yesterday.

People's Day is 'chop-a-block'

FURLYN Barrett has been to many places and done many things in life, but he always returns to one of his favourite hobbies – wood chopping.

Yesterday, Furlyn had plenty of admirers on People's Day at the Rockhampton Show.

Crowds gathered in thousands with just under 7000 arriving between 9am and 12.15pm.

Councillor Graeme Brady expected the total attendance on People's Day to be about the same as, or even more than, the previous year's 15,000.

Tuesday's record was 4100, 1100 more than the first day in 2010.

And show-goers had plenty to see and do, including watching Furlyn in action.

“My dad and grand-dad were wood choppers, so I've been doing it since I was a young kid,” Furlyn said.

The New Zealander came over to Australia in 1990 and has spent 20 years in the Central Highlands area, playing rugby league and working for his uncle, but the humble achiever said wood chopping comes with the territory of being a farmer.

“I think it's good because you get to meet a lot of people, and some of the guys here today I haven't seen in 20 years,” he said.

“I think shows like this one are better as well because you can have a laugh with the other blokes whereas in the big cities it's very serious competition.”

Furlyn will be also be heading to the Yeppoon Show on the weekend to display his wood-chopping techniques.



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