Gary Thiel and his chuckwagon rig go round the second barrel to start the third heat June 16 during the Neyaskweyahk Native Classic race weekend at Maskwacis.

Gary Thiel and his chuckwagon rig go round the second barrel to start the third heat June 16 during the Neyaskweyahk Native Classic race weekend at Maskwacis.

Maskwacis hosts sucessful chucks and chariot races

Committee looking to take on more events in the future after five years of racing

It was a great weekend of sun, fun and horse racing in Maskwacis and the hope is for more to come.

Three days of chuckwagon and chariot racing went at the Panee Memorial Agriplex racetrack June 16 to 18 with rigs from across the province competing in the third race of the season for the All Pro Canadian Chuckwagon and Chariot Association.

“Any exposure we get is good and this was an awesome weekend,” said Lorne Timberwolfe, a member of the agriplex committee.

“All Pro is one of the main circuits and one of the goals of the committee is to set a high standard and put on the best show in Alberta. To have everyone come, have fun and enjoy their time here.”

Timberwolfe is also thankful to have some excellent people working together to get the track ready for the weekend.

“We were fortunate to have a lot of people to get the track working in time and thankful to the ones with the experience to know what needed to be done,” he added.

“It was a bit deep to start with, but the infield and track hardened up so they were flying by the end of the weekend.”

He added the committee is looking to expand the number of events it hosts annually after five years of holding this single chuckwagon and chariot weekend.

“The key to being able to do that is maintaining the track. We’ve worked on the fencing and the grandstands and it’s about bringing back some of those memories of when there were a lot things going on here,” Timberwolfe said.

“We need to utilize it more and try more things.”

Among the possibilities he mentioned were the Canadian Professional Chuckwagon Association and maybe an amateur rodeo.

Results from the races were not available at press time.