Along with the featured chariot and chuckwagon races, there were numerous other activities to keep everyone busy at the Preeceville and District Lions Club Western Weekend on July 13 to 15.
Friday night kicked off the events with chariot and chuckwagon races sponsored by the Eastern Professional Chariot and Chuckwagon Association. The races continued on Saturday and concluded on Sunday.
There were 36 entries in the chariot race. The top five finishers of the three-day total were: Colin Kilborn of St. Gregor, Casey Peterson of Kelvington, Colleen Galloway of Swan River, Twyla Salmond of Porcupine Plain and Jessie Buhler of Hudson Bay. The dash for cash winner was Colin Kilborn. Casey Peterson placed second and Colleen Galloway came in third.
There were 24 entries in the chuckwagon race. The top five winners of the three-day total were: Casey Peterson, Colt Peterson of Kelvington, Carol Hooge of Hudson Bay, Shayne Salmond of Invermay and Colin Kilborn. The dash for cash winner was Casey Peterson. Colt Peterson won second place and Carol Hooge placed third.
On Saturday afternoon children had the opportunity to play on inflatable bouncing castles and the playground equipment provided some additional entertainment.
Also on Saturday, there was a total of $2,150 in prize money won at the ball tournaments which featured co-ed slo-pitch and senior slo-pitch.
Call Me Mildy supplied the music for the open air dance.
Sunday morning was kicked off with a pancake breakfast followed by a Christian cowboy service at the sportsgrounds.
The Preeceville Community Hall sponsored bingo games under the big top during the two days.
A gymkhana, sponsored by the Etomamie Valley Riders Club was held on Saturday and Sunday.
Concession and beer gardens were available on both days.
The Preeceville Volunteer Fire Department was responsible for keeping the track watered for dust control and firemen sold 50/50 tickets. KevRhon Transport supplied a water tanker for watering the track.
Therese Nabb displayed Prairie Western Rustic Art during the weekend.
Gerald Ignatiuk provided wagon rides for the children in a home built barrel wagon during the weekend.
Michael Fialkowski of Endeavour showcased the traditional method of harrowing the infield with a team of horses and an old harrow system.