Second annual Chuckwagon Race: how the West was won
POSTED: Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 9:20pm
UPDATED: Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 9:29pm
Tyler, TX (KETK) — The second annual 1836 Chuckwagon Race at the Diamond B Ranch comes to an end on Sunday. The event lasted a full eight days, where the goal is promote and preserve Western culture.
As for the Chuckwagon Race, some say this is where the rodeo meets NASCAR. Participants build their own wagon, and hitch it to a horse or mule. The groups run around a race track reaching speeds more than 30 miles per hour. KETK spoke with the Chuckwagon Race's Organizer, Moon Swanson, who explained, "The race consists of a three man team. There's a driver, a cook, and an outrider. The cook rides in the wagon, the driver of course drives the wagon, and the outrider is on a separate horse".
However the race is not the only event. Swanson said there is something for everyone, "We have dutch oven biscuit cooking classes, cowboy minded soccer, barrel racing clinics, cowboy minded shooting clinics, all kinds of fun events for equestrian people and the like". Not even the weather hindered visitors from attending. Swanson said, "We've had some bad weather this year, but we can't believe how many people are here. Even standing in the pouring rain yesterday we've had the biggest attendance we've had, and people are as happy as they can be watching chuckwagon's race". Over the course of the week, they say more than 5,000 people have visited the events. Swanson and his team are already planning for next year.