The Channel Magazine and Benefitz team is once again getting behind the Murrays Bay Birdman event. After a 35-plus year hiatus, the event was brought back in 2017 and 2018, but was not held this year. But it is back bigger and brighter in March 2020.
A real boost for the event has come with the news that it has a wonderful new naming rights sponsor in Barfoot & Thompson. It will be known as the Barfoot & Thompson Murrays Bay Wharf Birdman Festival...and the name 'festival' really captures what it is all about – lots of fun for all the family, young and not so young.
This will be a fun-filled day for everyone, with great entertainment, abundant food stalls and of course the famous children’s parade with this year’s dress up theme being ‘Kiwiana’.
An important aspect is the wonderful flying contestants. Aspiring crazy, brave and enthusiastic ‘Birdmen’ and ‘Birdwomen’ compete for distance and entertainment value by getting creative at building home-made human-powered aircraft and costumes, aiming to win the ultimate MBW Birdman trophy by making an honest attempt to fly the ultimate distance off the end of the Murrays Bay wharf into the sea.
There will be prizes for categories as follows: Ultimate Flying Challenge - the longest distance; Fibres and Feathers - must use natural materials and fibres; Most Creative - build up or dance recommended; Best Team; Battle of the Schools - one student team per high school.
The Murrays Bay Wharf Birdman Trophy is to be handed to the Ultimate Flying Challenge for flying the longest distance. Due to its popularity, entries have been limited so be quick – as in previous years, it will sell out!
Programme of events: 10.30am Entertainment; Midday Children’s & Birdman Parade followed by the Birdman Jump; 1.30pm Birdman prizegiving followed by more food, fun and entertainment; event closes at 3pm.
Registrations will open in November 2019. Entry forms to be completed online via the event website with payment ($25) by 6 March, 2020. Keep an eye on the website for entry forms and information. www.mbwbirdman.co.nz