Feminine first for new Mitta woodchop event

Amid a mass of mighty events, there’s nothing more ferocious than the brute strength and deft moves of a woodchop. 

The event has been a long-time favourite at the Mighty Mitta Muster, but this year’s wood chip flying and axe swinging competition offers a new twist. 

In a possible first for the Mighty Mitta Muster, which is entering its 46th year, it won’t just be the boys searching for glory, but women will step up to impress. 

About six women have signed up to be a part of the Women’s Woodchop event this Sunday, with one competitor travelling from overseas to compete in preparation for the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Mighty Mitta Muster treasurer Lorrae Saxton-Smyth said about 30 competitors including some of the best in the sport will face off in the “the ultimate show in high energy action”.

“The Gary Smith 325mm Underhand Memorial Championship will be fielding a full eight competitors vying for a shot at the title,” she said. 

“In what will be a fast and furious spectacle this event sees every axeman start on the same count for the ultimate claim to glory with big names and the likes of Laurence O’Toole Junior, Brayden Meyer, David Coffee, Dennis Williams and Wangaratta’s Bryce Willoughby competing.

“Get there, pick a competitor out in each event and barrack for them as if they were your own family and see if the home crowd can get the local lads and ladies over the line against some of the biggest names in wood chopping.”

Last year the muster drew a 2500 strong crowd for their 45th anniversary event, with Ms Saxton-Smyth expecting between 2000 and 3000 to attend this year.

“It’s a great family fun day with hears going on both things to participate in and things to watch,” she said.

Ms Saxton-Smyth said everyone’s favourite muster events will be back this year from novelty horse events, wood chopping, whip cracking, buck-offs, market stalls, children’s amusements and the small dogs high jump competition. 

She said the barbecue was being hosted by Mitta Valley Beef, and a silent auction would be running throughout the day.

Stewart Bryant will MC the day the day which will again feature a high flying stunt bike display and the famous Muster Iron Man and Iron Woman events.

A four-kilometre and 10-kilometre Muster Fun Run will kick off the day’s events, departing from the Mitta Primary school at 10am. Entry is free for children under 15 years of age, $15 for adults, and $10 for students and pensioners.