An old rivalry will help a good cause when Wyndham and Edendale do battle in a unique test of brawn, brains and wit tomorrow night.
The inaugural Battle of the Bridge Flyer contest will pit 10 carefully selected members from each community against one another, with pride and bragging rights on the line.
Contest organiser Gerry Forde said team members would match up in a tractor pull, tag-team impromptu comedy speech, auction, mastermind competition and a Southland Idol lip sync contest along with air guitar and dance.
"While the competition between the two towns will be fierce, the event is a fantastic way to raise funds for both communities," Mr Forde said.
Wyndham team member Marc Robertson said he was confident his team could account for its cross-river rivals.
"I don't think we have too much to fear from them," he said.
"We've been practising our lip-syncing and dance moves three times a week and have a great combination of strength and knowledge."
The Wyndham and Edendale rivalry was well known, Mr Robertson said, but it was friendly and both communities would benefit from the contest.
A third team made up of sponsors will try to upset the apple cart and deny either town the chance of glory.
Event co-ordinator Pam Yorke said although Southland had very strong rural communities in the past, those communities had not organised events collectively.
"This night will be a wonderful opportunity to come together for a common goal," she said.
The Flyer aims to raise money for five community groups – the Edendale and Wyndham rugby clubs and primary schools and Menzies College.
Mossburn and Lumsden will do battle in a similar event on July 14 and Tuatapere will host its own battle the following weekend on July 21.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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