Stroud Brick and Rolling Pin Throwing Competition is back on Saturday, July 13

PROUD IN STROUD: Kurt Livens is eyeing a hat-trick of victories in the much anticipated Stroud brick throwing this weekend. Picture Jonathan Carroll.
PROUD IN STROUD: Kurt Livens is eyeing a hat-trick of victories in the much anticipated Stroud brick throwing this weekend. Picture Jonathan Carroll.

There's one piece of advice the two-time defending champion brick thrower has for those entering the annual International Brick Throwing Competition at Stroud Showground this Saturday.

"Make sure you have a good grip on that brick," Kurt Livens says. "That's the killer."

And he would know - Livens managed to toss a brick 25 metres to win last year's event.

"I'm kind of a big deal in Stroud," he joked.

Livens will return to defend his crown at the 59th annual International Brick and Rolling Pin Throwing Competition.

It began in 1960, when the towns of Stroud in the UK and the USA, both brick-making towns, held the first bricking-throwing contest. Australia and Canada joined in 1961, and in 1962 Australia suggested including a women's rolling pin contest.

The iconic event has since grown and now involves grown men, women and children vying for the title of Australia's 'biggest tosser'.

The male event involves a five pound brick while the women hurl two-and-a-half pound rolling pins.

Stroud local Sarah Eggins the current rolling pin champion, is set to return to defend her title.

Anyone up to the challenge to try and beat Sarah's 2018 record of 96' 10" (29m) - can enter on the day.

Livens credits his success in the competition to his conditioning from other throwing events including last weekend's Highland Games at Aberdeen.

"Once you learn the movements it gets a bit easier," he said.

He said he loves the Stroud event not only for its uniqueness, but also that it's a "really good family day".

The showground will be bursting with market and food stalls, activities and entertainment. Little visitors can enjoy face painting and fun games led by Medowie Girl Guides.

The ever popular tug-o-war returns, hosted by Maitland Tug-o-War, along with the fast and furious post splitting and wood chop and vintage vehicle displays.

The fun starts at 10.30am with a circus -themed street parade with marchers making their way through Stroud's main street.

Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen will throw the first brick and declare the competition open at 11.30am.