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Chuckwagons, chariots and bull riding return to Millarville

Races go Sept. 8-10, Bulls Under the Lights event returns Saturday evening.
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Chariot racers fly around the final corner of the Millarville Racetrack during the during Millarville Chucks and Chariots event on Sept. 12.

Millarville's Chucks, Chariots and Bulls hits the track again this weekend.

The Alberta Professional Chuckwagon and Chariot Association races go Sept. 8-10 at the Millarville Racetrack, and the Saturday evening will be the third annual Bulls Under the Lights, a Bull Riders Canada-sanctioned event.

Now under the newly formed non-profit, Millarville Chucks, Chariots & Bulls Ltd. (MCCB), the event goes ahead as in years past, and is giving back to the community to boot.

“It’s a weekend of exciting events to watch,” said MCCB chair Lori Lohnes. "Chariot and chuckwagon racing are very exciting; people get involved and cheer on the chariot or chuckwagon, or against the one their friend is cheering for.

“This is their last event of the year, so they wrap up with us each year which is nice."

Now operating as its own entity, MCCB still wanted to give back to the community.

“The beautiful thing about creating a non-profit is you’re able to choose who to support,” Lohnes said.

“We’ve chosen local charities to support with our proceeds, and so we’ve got Heaven Can Wait and the Oilfields Food Bank, the two local 4H clubs at Millarville, and we’re also supporting the Diamond Valley Youth Foundation.

“We’re fortunate to be able to host this great event for the community, so a super fun weekend but we’re also able to support the community after the fact by giving to some organizations.”

Still held at the Millarville Racetrack, Lohnes said spectators can look forward to a great experience and being close to the action.

“The venue itself is set up for stuff like this, particularly for the chuckwagons and chariots as it’s the right size, because the grandstand is right by the racetrack, and that doesn’t happen at every place,” she said.

“The front row of the stands is basically four feet from the racetrack.”

Also right on the rail is the beer garden, allowing spectators to sit and visit over a drink without missing the action.

Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite, or at the gate, and more information can be found at

Brent Calver

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