Russell Birdman Festival 2018

Dismal weather coinciding with Saturday afternoon’s Birdman jump, the highlight of the two-day Russell Birdman Festival, failed to dampen the creativity or enthusiasm of a dozen teams bravely taking the plunge from the end of the town wharf. This year’s supreme winner was Russell skipper Tim Grant, whose entry was a warning of the harm caused to sea life by plastic waste. Other attractions included a spaghetti-eating contest, pancake flipping, stilt walkers, a Corflute boat-building challenge and a wok cook-off. Photos by Peter de Graaf.