Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Chuckwagon Races


Back to Calgary. One of the popular rodeo-ish events is the chuckwagon races. These were vehicles used to prepare food for cowboys on long cattle drives. Today's versions closely resemble the old ones, down to the special oven they carry in the back. They come in from the right, do this complicated figure 8 pattern around barrels, then swoop back out where they came from and do a full lap around the track. The get penalties of so many seconds for not doing something exactly right. I never really got it, although they probably wouldn't understand the subtleties of skateboarding on moving NY subway cars like I did in my teens. Pick your own excitement.                            

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8 comments:

Olivier said...

j'adore la pancarte a la fin ;))) j'aurais adore suivre cet événement, beau reportage

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

We tend to make sport out of what used to be work, like those lumberjack competitions.

Birdman said...

I guess they call them Food Trucks today!

Norma Beishir said...

I've heard bad things about the chuckwagon races in terms of harm to the horses....

William Kendall said...

Admittedly, that's one part of the Stampede I'm wary of. Each year it seems the question is, "which horse died in the chuckwagon races this time?"

Nathalie Beaumes said...

Beautiful use of light in some of your photos. I love them.
A very cultural event too. That's where you know you're not in Europe.

As for skateboarding on moving NY subway cars, I can't for the life of me imagine you doing that in your teens. I've always thought of you as a very serious and law-abiding person.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

The poster stole my line...'.yee haw'. :))
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Stefan Jansson said...

That would have been fun to see. Nice action snaps.