I have a confession to make: I am a self-confessed jigsaw addict. And there are many of us lurking in secret rooms with our guilty pleasure. We may even be walking amongst you – either going out to buy another puzzle or hurrying home to finish one. Like many other jigsaw addicts (you know who you are), 2020 was a good year to catch up on our hobby and hone our skills. Here is the news you have been waiting for. Queensland is hosting its inaugural state Jigsaw Puzzle Competition.
All ages (but children must be accompanied by an adult) and all abilities are invited to go along and participate. This is not just about speed puzzling but an opportunity to experience a room full of puzzlers which is a rare sight. It's being run country-wide by the lovely folk at the Australian Jigsaw Puzzle Association., whose motto is "Bringing the jigsaw puzzle community of Australia together". It is being held on Saturday 22 May from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm at Sandgate Town Hall on the corner of Cliff and Seymour Streets in Sandgate. For those of you who don't know it, Sandgate Town Hall is a lovely old heritage-listed, memorial-style hall located walking distance from Sandgate train station. There is limited on-street parking. The Hall is wheelchair accessible and there is a Hearing loop (Williams Sound Infrared System which requires IR receiver packs).
Everyone will be given an identical puzzle which is kept secret until the competition starts, and each team of two will have up to 3 hours to complete their puzzle. Basically, like many competitions, the first to finish wins. If no puzzle is completed, the pair who have completed most of their puzzle will be the winner. However, you don't have to be a fast puzzler to enjoy this event, which is why the organisers are giving out lots of spot prizes for random things on the day. Competitors are encouraged to dress up, if they like, just for fun.
Prizes: The first to finish wins, and there are amazing prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place as well as spot prizes on the day to make sure everyone has a chance of taking prizes home. For example, first prize will win a $500 travel voucher from Mr Chocolate's Travel, cash, puzzles, trophies, and their place in the Nationals to represent Queensland (Go the Banana Benders!). Every team will get to keep their competition puzzle. The brand of the competition puzzle is Funbox Activities – you may already know them. They are an Australian company - all their designs and development are done locally. Great to see jobs created and retained here. A big thanks to Funbox for being the major sponsor of this new event. I'm sure they will have lots more followers after the comp.
Tickets: Hurry and get your tickets as soon as you can as places are limited and the Western Australian competition in January sold out. Also, the organisers need to know how many jigsaw puzzles to order for the event. Before this competition will be considered for an annual event in Queensland, we need to make this comp a success. Spread the word about this unique, fun and inclusive event. Come on Queenslanders, we can do this. There will be no door sales on the day, so all tickets need to be purchased through Eventbrite. Here is the link to tickets. Connect with us.