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Dewberry Chuckwagon Races And Dewberry Ag Society 50th Anniversary


Evan Salmond (inside lane) substituting for Roy Romanow with the Green Valley Ranch outfit took the $25,000 Dash For Cash. Photo Lorna Hamilton

The Dewberry Chuckwagon Racing Heritage Society once again presented the Dewberry Chuckwagon Races featuring the World Professional Chuckwagon Association drivers from June 24-26 at the Dewberry Sports Ground. On June 22 a BBQ with a Driver Meet and Greet was held at the Dewberry Co-op which provided attendees the opportunity to get autographs from their favourite driver.

Due to heavy rain that began Thursday evening and continued into Friday the first night of the chuckwagon races had to be cancelled.

On Saturday in conjunction with the races, the Dewberry Ag Society also celebrated its 50th anniversary. A pancake breakfast kicked off the day at the Dewberry Fire Hall. The breakfast was followed by the ‘Spirit of Country’ parade, which lead the way for a variety of activities throughout the day including cake, a bouncy house, another BBQ, an indoor market, and ball hockey at the Dewberry arena from 1 to 3 p.m. Main Street Fun was also available, such as a garage sale, a toy tractor race, face painting, music and entertainment, bicycle decorating and pie and ice cream from 1 to 4 p.m. If those activities didn’t suit, attendees had the opportunity to participate in a Dewberry Heritage scavenger hunt from 2 to 4 p.m.

At 7 p.m. the infamous chuckwagon races began which had the crowds cheering for their favourite outfit, and another street dance was held at 9 p.m.

Sunday was the day of championship races where drivers raced around the track at top speed to see who would grab the Champion Sunday $25,000 Dash for Cash. The final heat lineup featured Evan Salmond, Vern Nolan (3rd place), and Kris Molle (2nd place).

(Centre pic) Salmond (inside lane) who was substituting for Roy Romanow with the Green Valley Ranch outfit, along with outriders Rory Gervais and Hayden Motowylo, won the 2022 Dewberry World Chuckwagon races by just one one-hundredth of a second with a total time of 1:10.62. This is Salmond’s third career win and his first win at the Dewberry Championship.

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