Bridgetown is set to become the “puzzle town of Australia” and home of the Western Australia State Jigsaw Puzzle Competition after the inaugural event was met with overwhelming success at the weekend. The competition saw pairs try to complete the same 500-piece puzzle in three hours. The pair with the fastest time was Lillian Mitchell and Peta Phelan who finished in about the one hour mark. Australian Jigsaw Puzzle Association president D’Arne Healy said the event was a “roaring success”. “I was told by the World Jigsaw Puzzle Federation that for my first competition if I got 25 people to the event I’d be doing pretty well,” she said. “We ended up having 122 people and people on the wait list. “There was also just a really good vibe there, everyone was friendly, there was lots of camaraderie even though it was a competition, everyone was excited and there was a bit of a buzz in the air. “I also think it being sold out is a good sign for future events.” Mrs Healy said the event would be held in Bridgetown every year from now on after such an amazing reception from the town. “After this weekend’s event it is going to be in Bridgetown ever year because the community of Bridgetown could not have looked after the jigsaw puzzlers of WA any better,” she said. “We see Bridgetown as the puzzle town of Australia and I won’t be doing it in any other towns in WA.” Winners of the weekend’s competition will now compete in the national competition against the best from other States. The winners of the nationals win a trip to Europe to compete in the world championships.