Stroud's International Brick and Rolling Pin Throwing Contest
Nothing is more Australian than a country town, and the fashion statement that is an Akubra hat. The country town, Stroud, have their eyes set on beating the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people wearing Akubra style hats, on Saturday 14th July. 1912 is the year the iconic Akubra brand name was formed and is also the number of people Stroud will be aiming to beat, to knock out Kempsey’s record from 2012. Not a bare head will be in sight, at this year’s exciting addition to the annual Brick Throwing Competition at the Stroud Showground.
Akubra wearing men, women and children will also vie for the title of 2018’s supreme chucker. With bricks, rolling pins and rubber chickens to be flung across the historic town of Stroud, NSW as it hosts the annual Brick & Rolling Pin Competition.
Traditionally, the male event includes throwing a brick which weighs five pounds, providing a chance to demonstrate their impressive skills and masculinity. Women on the other hand get to fling a specialised rolling pin weighing in at two pounds, with the fun-filled addition of children hoisting a rubber chicken provides much laughter and entertainment for everyone, and ensures all family members can get involved in the days’ festivities.
Hunter Strongman and current Australian Champion Brick thrower, Kurt Livens will return to the 2018 event to defend his title. If you are up for the challenge to beat Kurt’s 2017 record of 97’ 7” - entries for all categories are open from approximately 11.30am on event day.
In 1960 the towns of Stroud in the UK and the USA, both brick-making towns, held the first bricking-throwing contest. With Australia and Canada joining in 1961, and in 1962 Australia suggested including a women’s rolling pin contest.
Nobody would have ever assumed that an entire event could be based on a brick, and that so much fun could be had from such a basic object. Boasting a population of 701 the little town of Stroud, NSW however had very different ideas for this slab of cement, and are now the only Stroud in the world to continue this whacky tradition for nearly six decades.
The sights and sounds are like no other, with a variety of amusement rides and novelty events providing a truly unique family day out. Children and adrenalin junkies alike will have endless fun and laughter with the various amusement rides on offer, just be careful to duck out the way of the propelling pins!
If ever there was a town that singlehandedly embodied feelings of merriment and cheerfulness with an upbeat vibe, it would be Stroud. Unlike the three little pigs, there is no straw or sticks, so get set to huff, and puff, and throw your bricks!