Up to 3000 people turned out for the highlight of Russell's Birdman Festival on Saturday, the Birdman jump in which teams compete to leap the greatest distance - or with the greatest flair and creativity - from the end of Russell wharf.

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Six-year-old Olivia Line, from Matauri Bay, competes in the spaghetti-eating contest. Photo / Peter de Graaf
Six-year-old Olivia Line, from Matauri Bay, competes in the spaghetti-eating contest. Photo / Peter de Graaf

This year's supreme winner was a team called Big Birds from Kerikeri's Illumination Workshop; Whangarei mayor Sheryl Mai, representing the Paper Mill, won a prize in the feathers and fibre category.

Hamilton siblings Blake, 8, and Caitlyn Day, 10, use frisbee power to get ahead in the Corflute boat-building challenge.Photo / Peter de Graaf
Hamilton siblings Blake, 8, and Caitlyn Day, 10, use frisbee power to get ahead in the Corflute boat-building challenge.Photo / Peter de Graaf

Other attractions during the four-day festival included spaghetti-eating races, a drag race, a wok cook off, waka ama, and build-your-own-boat races. Photos by Peter de Graaf.

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Whangarei mayor Sheryl Mai represented the Paper Mill with an entry called Crazy Old Bird. Photo / Peter de Graaf
Whangarei mayor Sheryl Mai represented the Paper Mill with an entry called Crazy Old Bird. Photo / Peter de Graaf
Ryan Stevenson of Paihia takes flight in a costume inspired by the kakariki, a colourful native parakeet. Photo / Peter de Graaf
Ryan Stevenson of Paihia takes flight in a costume inspired by the kakariki, a colourful native parakeet. Photo / Peter de Graaf
The chicken (Belinda Watkins) gets a shove from the lobster (Carol Jurisich-Price) in a Hospice Mid-Northland fundraising entry in which donations decided which manager got the first dunking. Photo / Peter de Graaf
The chicken (Belinda Watkins) gets a shove from the lobster (Carol Jurisich-Price) in a Hospice Mid-Northland fundraising entry in which donations decided which manager got the first dunking. Photo / Peter de Graaf
This year's supreme award went to Big Birds from Kerikeri's Illumination Workshop, so called because members of its all-female team average 1.82m in height. From left, Leanne Wilson, Jo Lumkong, Karren Penny and Ruby Watson.Photo / Peter de Graaf
This year's supreme award went to Big Birds from Kerikeri's Illumination Workshop, so called because members of its all-female team average 1.82m in height. From left, Leanne Wilson, Jo Lumkong, Karren Penny and Ruby Watson.Photo / Peter de Graaf