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Mini-chuckwagon racing action returns to Cardston

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The 12th annual Miniature Horse Chuckwagon Championship will take place at the Remington Carriage Museum in Cardston Aug. 19-20. The 12th annual Miniature Horse Chuckwagon Championship will take place at the Remington Carriage Museum in Cardston Aug. 19-20. Photo contributed

For the 12th year, the Miniature Horse Chuckwagon Championships will return to Cardston Aug. 19-20.

The Friends of the Remington Carriage Museum hosts this annual event, which has proven to be popular with not only the local residents, but people who travel to the community to take in the two days of racing action.
“Usually over the two days we draw anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000 spectators,” says Robert Mein, head of interpretation at the Remington Carriage Museum. “It’s been a pretty popular event and everyone expects to see it return.”
One reason for the anticipation of the spectators is due to the enthusiasm of the chuckwagon drivers and the action provided as these miniature versions race around the track.
“This is the one show they do. It’s all about the mini-chucks,” points out Mein. “This is their event and this is their show. They bring their top teams here to compete against each other.”
Usually there are 10 to 12 teams taking part and they all race against one another. It means a number of heats for spectators to enjoy over the course of two days.
Racing gets underway on Friday, Aug. 19 at 6 p.m. After the racing there is a cowboy social, including refreshments and music in the museum’s foyer.
This social is included in the admission to the event.
It’s also a chance for people to meet and speak with the mini-chuckwagon drivers while enjoying some live music.
“It’s a pretty fun event,” adds Mein.
Saturday, Aug. 20 starts off with a free pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Races get underway at 1 p.m.
Admission to the races is $15 for a family (an adult plus children ages 17 and younger); $5 for an adult and $3 for youths ages 17 and younger. It should be noted that event tickets do not get spectators into the Remington Carriage Museum that weekend.
Also taking place over the two days is a western art and gear show. Admission to this show is free and is open from noon to 9 p.m. on the Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Saturday.
Mein says one of the best parts about the weekend is taking in the exciting miniature horse chuckwagon races.
“To put it into scale, with how fast they run, they are going just as fast as the big teams. On a smaller track, they really slide around those corners,” he explains.
While the racing is action-packed, there is also a huge emphasis placed on safety.
“The biggest award the teams can earn in the two days of racing is the sportsmanship award,” he adds.  “They give each other space and it’s friendly competition ... It’s a completely different atmosphere yet it’s still competitive.”
The weekend hosted by the Friends Society is meant to pay for itself and any extra money that is raised is sunk back into the Remington Carriage Museum for exhibits, programs or events.
There is a lot of seating at the venue for the races, so people can pay their admission at the gate the day of the events. If people are camping for the weekend in Cardston, they should book those spots as early as possible as they fill up quickly.
More information is available on the Remington Carriage Museum’s website at: http://www.history. alberta.ca/remington/.

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