Stroud Brick and Rolling Pin Throwing competition

Stroud Brick and Rolling Pin Throwing competition has been running at the Stroud Showground for many years. Photo supplied
Stroud Brick and Rolling Pin Throwing competition has been running at the Stroud Showground for many years. Photo supplied

Stroud is preparing itself for an onslaught.

It's that time of the year when bricks will be tossed, rolling pins hurled and rubber chickens chucked into the air for the 59th annual Brick and Rolling Pin Throwing Competition.

This iconic event, which will be held on Saturday, July 13, will see men, women and children vying for the title of Australia's biggest tosser.

Traditionally, the male event includes throwing a brick which weighs in at five pounds or 2.26 kilograms, while the women hurl two and a half pound (1.13 kilogram) rolling pins, providing a chance to demonstrate their impressive tossing skills while taking part in this historic event.

Hunter strongman and reigning Australian champion brick thrower, Kurt Livens, from Largs and Stroud local, Sarah Eggins the current rolling pin champion, are both returning to the 2019 event to defend their titles.

If you are up for the challenge to beat Kurt's 2018, 25 metre record and Sarah's 29 metre throw, entries for all categories open from approximately 11.30am on event day.

Who would have thought an entire event could be based on a brick, and that so much fun could be had from such a basic object.

In 1960, the brick-making towns of Stroud in the UK and the USA, held the first bricking-throwing contest, with Australia and Canada joining in 1961, and Australia suggesting a women's rolling pin contest be included a year later. Stroud, Australia, the only town to still hold the tradition, more recently included the rubber chicken for children.

Providing a family day out, the Stroud Showground will be bursting with market and food stalls, activities and entertainment.

The ever popular tug-o-war returns, along with the fast and furious post splitting and wood chop and a vintage vehicle displays.

To find out more information, visit the Stroud Brick and Rolling Pin Throwing website at www.stroudbrickthrowing.com.au/