© All Rights Reserved - Black Diamond ImagesSee a gallery of images of the parade and other entertainment HERESee a gallery of images of Stroud, Booral and Stroud Road HERE2012 Brick and Rolling Pin Throwing Results
2012 marked the 52nd annual festival held between the four Stroud towns - Stroud, NSW, Australia, Stroud, Gloucestershire, England; Stroud, Oklahoma, USA and Stroud, Ontario, Canada.
This annual event is held in each of the countries on the third Saturday in July each year.
The event this year in 2012 was officially opened by the Premier of NSW - Barry O'Farrell.
"The first Brick Throwing contest was held in 1960 between Stroud, U.S.A. and Stroud, UK – both having brickworks. The following year the Canadian and Australian Strouds were invited to join the contest. Stroud Australia made its mark in 1962 when the town suggested a rolling pin throwing contest be included on the program – “so the sheila’s could join in the fun.”
All competition rolling pins are made in Stroud, Australia, and shipped to each participating country. Competition bricks are also specially made and weigh 5 lb (2.27 kilograms) while the rolling pins weigh in at a dainty 2 lb (just under one kilogram).Records
Each year Australia’s results are forwarded to the USA where international results are compiled and participating countries are notified of the result. All weights and measurements are calculated using imperial measurements in keeping with the other competing countries.
Brick throw record - held by United States at 142’6″ (43.2816 m)
Rolling pin throw - held by England at 156’4″ (47.5488 m)The Competition
Members of International teams must reside within the Local Government areas of Great Lakes, Gloucester, Dungog, Port Stephens, Manning, Cessnock & Maitland
The competition involves six-person teams with points scored by the top ten individual throws. Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded in each event. Team points are compiled and the winning team is awarded a trophy and the privilege of competing in the international throw." Reference
The day commenced at 10.30am with a procession through the main street led by International Town Crier Mr. Graham Keating, to the showground where the day's activities took place.
A program of events such as wood chopping, tug-o-war, market stalls, horse sports and other novelty events were held place throughout the day. A truly unique & thoroughly entertaining day out!Reference
- Great Lakes Tourism
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