Glenlyon Sports Day has been a town tradition for New Years Day since 1857

CHOP: Glenlyon Sports Day involves a hotly contested wood chop competition. Photo: Kate Healy
CHOP: Glenlyon Sports Day involves a hotly contested wood chop competition. Photo: Kate Healy

Glenlyon Sports Day has been a New Year’s Day tradition in the town since 1857.

One of the town’s biggest events of the year, the event is a showcase of old-fashioned sports and country events.

The fiercely contested wood chopping competition attracts competitors from all over the nation, while the blocks, after being handily chopped, are auctioned off for firewood in the afternoon .

The other highly competitive event, horse racing, features during the afternoon. The premier event is the prestigious Glenlyon Cup, which sees competitors race over 1200 metres. Show jumping and a demonstration of horse and carriage driving will also entertain.

And for those who enjoy culinary delights, the World Bull Boar eating and mineral water drinking competitions may pique your interest. 

A bull boar sausage is a unique, locally made sausage of equal parts beef and pork that is illustrative of the region’s Swiss Italian heritage.

The competition involves consuming a set amount of sausages in the fastest time, with the winner crowned world champion.

The winner of the mineral water drinking competition is awarded to the person who consumes a litre of the water in the fastest time.

There will also be the hotly contested gum boot throw and nail drive competitions for the ladies and children’s maze and foot races for children.

All proceeds from the day are donated to charity, including Daylesford and District Hospital. The event raised $16,700 in 2018.

All competitions can be entered on the day, bar the wood chopping events.

Held at Glenlyon Reserve, gates open at 10.30am with the first events being stages from 12pm onward.