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  • Writer's pictureLorna Hamilton

North American Chuckwagon Championship Delivers Thrilling Races And Exciting Events

Crossing the finish line in heat 3 of the NACC races. Photo Lorna Hamilton

The North American Chuckwagon Championship (NACC), with drivers from both the Canadian Professional Chuckwagon Association (CPCA) as well as the World Professional Chuckwagon Association (WPCA) commenced on July 6 with a bang at Halstead Downs, offering attendees four days of thundering races that left spectators on the edge of their seats.

“The Lloydminster Exhibition is very excited to be the home for this new event that will see the best of the best come together for 9 days, with the final 4 days held in partnership with the Lloyd Ex Fair!,” mentioned the Exhibitions website.

From July 6 to 9, each evening the air was filled with adrenaline as skilled chuckwagon drivers competed against each other; but the excitement won’t end there, as the races will continue from July 12 to 16, extending the total number of action-packed days to nine.

The organizers made sure the event was accessible to all, with admission priced at $20 per day. Children under 12 were granted free entry, while a package deal was available for avid fans, covering all days of the championship for $160.

In addition to the gripping chuckwagon races, attendees were treated to a variety of amenities. The event featured concessions, providing eats to satisfy appetites and keep energy levels high. For those seeking an adult refreshment, a beer garden was set up, offering a selection of beverages to quench the thirst of spectators. Additionally, a merchandise booth catered to fans eager to take home souvenirs commemorating the exhilarating event.

The North American Chuckwagon Championship not only delivered heart-pounding races but also hosted a series of entertaining events and activities. On July 6, the Pre Race Show kicked off with the Heritage Heat, where spectators witnessed a captivating race between Rick Fraser and Gary Gorst, accompanied by the original four outriders. The atmosphere was electric as the competitors showcased their exceptional skills and fierce determination. On Day 1 of the Championship races Luke Tournier took the fastest time of the night with a time of 01:17.24

The excitement continued to build as the event progressed. On July 7, in addition to the adrenaline-pumping races, the audience was treated to a mesmerizing display of trick riders, leaving spectators in awe of their incredible stunts. This spectacle will be repeated on July 14, providing fans with another opportunity to witness the skill and daring of these remarkable performers. The fastest time of Day 2 went to Devin Mitsuing with a time of 01:17.04.

July 8 and 9 saw the introduction of the Indian relay races after the main chuckwagon events.

The fastest time for Day 3 of the Championship races went to Luke Tournieragain with a time of 01:16.21.

As the sun began to set, the festivities continued under the big top tent, where visitors could stomp their feet to the music of High Limits, starting at 9 p.m.

Raring to go. Photo Lorna Hamilton

July 9 was another exceptional day of racing with DJ King taking the fastest time with a time of 01:16.40.

The event will pause for a non-race day on July 10. During this break, participants and supporters will come together for a Charity Golf Tournament held at the scenic Rolling Greens Fairway, giving the participants a chance to take away a buckle of their own.

July 11 will mark another non-race day, during which the North American Chuckwagon Championship demonstrates its commitment to community engagement. The event hosted an Equine Therapy Mental Health and Youth Programs initiative, focusing on the healing power of horses and its positive impact on mental health and youth development.

Races will resume from July 12 to 16, including a Family Day.

On July 15, the sound of music will fill the air as another dance event is scheduled featuring the Dirt Road Maniacs.

July 16 will be the pinnacle of the races as Championship Sunday will commence at 2 p.m.

As the North American Chuckwagon Championship charges forward the championship continues to showcase the best of chuckwagon racing. The CPCA is proud to present a $100,000 Dash for Cash, and an aggregate truck winner. 


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