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Russell Birdman Festival

Russell Birdman Festival

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  • Fri 6 Jul ’12, 4:00pm
  • Sat 7 Jul ’12, 9:30am
  • Sun 8 Jul ’12, 10:00am


Russell Waterfront, Cnr Cass St and The Strand, Bay of Islands


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission


Event website

Russell Birdman has plenty of fun guaranteed for this year’s 2012 event!

Three days of wacky fun to be had by kids and grown ups - Friday to Sunday, with the Birdman contest being on Saturday. There are plenty of prizes to be won as we have 11 events for all ages! There are individual and team events - so if you don’t want to do it by yourself, grab your friends, family and workmates! As much as we talk about competitiveness, the Birdman Festival is all about fun, and is a true spectator sport.

The Drag Race! Fun to watch, even funnier to enter!
Men - handbags, heels and frock.
Women – gumboots, suit and a proper hat - line up for a short obstacle course! Registration starts at 4pm. The Drag Race starts at 5pm at Russell Wharf. Finishing the night in The Duke of Marlborough Tavern enjoying some live entertainment. Everyone welcome. No entry fee. Enter as a team, corporate or individual!

Saturday: a whole day of entertainment!

Russell Four Square Beach Dig
Under 10s beach dig, free to enter. All kids that enter win a prize. Held at Russell Waterfront at 9:30am.

Russell Scouts Plane Flying Competition - something’s got to fly at Birdman! For $3 you get a plane (which you can keep) and then you have a go to see how far you can fly it. All ages welcome and some great prizes. Held at Russell Town Hall. 9:30am to 1:30pm.

The Wonky Bicycle - 9.30 to 1.30pm - The waterfront - take up the challenge!

Russell Boat Club Family Fun Dingy Races - this is fun for the whole family, dinghies and lifejackets are provided. Row, row, row out round the buoy and back! Free to enter. Held at Russell Waterfront 10:30am.

Bay Four Square Spaghetti Eating - take centre stage and eat your way through a bowl of spaghetti – be the first to finish and you make your way through to the heats and then the grand Spaghetti eating finals! Take away the prestigious time “Four Square Spaghetti Eating Champion!” If this isn’t your cup of tea...or bowl of spaghetti, then this is a fantastic spectator sport as well. Free to enter and lots of fun!
On Cass Street. Times Times 10am, 11am, 12:00

The Wharf BBQ Cook-Off - Team up and show off your Masterchef Skills! Ingredients, BBQ and audience are all provided. Team entries on the day. Free to enter. Great fun and great kudos!
On Cass Street. Times 10.30am, 11.30am, finals at 12.30

Russell Birdman
Birdman is a competition for human flying machines - not motorized, catapulted or jet propelled, must be man powered!
1pm - Birdman Safety Briefing
1.30pm – The Birdman Parade (unforgettable!!)
2pm - Birdman jump
Watch the Birdmen with their wacky flying machines launch themselves off Russell Wharf. Great prizes!

New for 2012 Birdman - Spread your Wings in Russell's Ultimate Flying Challenge:
Reach a minimum of 5m or more and be in to win a $1000 cash prize. Whoever goes furthest wins, with the judge’s decision being final. Sponsored by Moorings Northland.

Entries open now - your chance to entertain the crowd - check out the website for videos from previous years.

Prizes are for the Crowd Favourite, Best Individual, Best Team and Supreme Winner, & The Ultimate Flying Challenge! Birdman prize giving and BBQ: The Duke of Marlborough Tavern, from 4.30pm.

Sally’s Musical Chair Madness - A slight twist to the musical chairs you played when you were kids. Russell Waterfront, starting at 10.30am. For both kids and adults. Free!

Sally’s Cake Baking & Decorating
Two categories – one for the tastiest cake and one for the best decorated cake – The theme for the best decorated cake is “colourful”. Two categories: under 13 and over 13 Sally’s Restaurant by 10am on Sunday.

The Duke of Marlborough Mini Iron Man – Russell Wharf 11.30am
A short cycle, kayak and run along Russell Waterfront. Enter as a team or individual – all ages. All entrants get a Duke T.Shirt.

Coming over on the Fullers GreatSights passenger ferry from Paihia you can get a special 3 day birdman pass for $15.00 .

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