Axemen pleased with crowd support

There was an axe to grind following Party in the Park - in fact there were many.

That was because Otago Axemen's Club and axemen from Southland put on a wood-chopping display for the public.

Otago Axemen's Club secretary Jackie Walls said she was pleased with support.

''Everyone's happy with the day and the event,'' she said.

Twelve axemen displayed their skills, including New Zealand under-21 representative Bradley Pako (17), of Cromwell, who was performing his ''last chop'' in New Zealand before moving to Australia.

It was hoped the event would raise the profile of wood-chopping, Mrs Walls said.

Party in the Park organiser Bill Feather said the wood-chopping had ''added an extra dimension'' to the annual event.

He estimated between 1000-2000 had come to Mosgiel Memorial Gardens Park to enjoy the day.

The event was ''well supported'' despite a cold wind.

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