Stroud's International Brick and Rolling Pin Throwing Contest
The beautiful historic village of Stroud holds this annual event which has taken place since 1961. It is an event not to be missed and held in July between the four townships all named Stroud! Stroud in Gloucestershire, England; in Oklahoma, U.S.A.; in Ontario, Canada, and here on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia.
More than 3,000 visitors from many parts of the country roll up to experience the day at this quirky event. The day commences and a street procession through Stroud to the Showground, where all festivities take place. The Contest is officially opened at 12 noon.
Immediately following the opening ceremony, a programme of events is conducted, such as children’s events, music, bands, clowns, displays, woodchopping and good old fashioned tug-o-war.
While this programme is taking place, elimination heats are being conducted, and the International teams chosen. The culmination of the day is the International team event at 3.00 p.m. Australia’s results are then telephoned to America, where results on an International level are compiled, and telephoned back to participating countries.
All types of refreshments are available, varied market stalls and amusements for the children.