CHAMPION - The community of Champion is set to welcome visitors from around the Upper Peninsula this week for the 56th annual Champion Horse Pulling Championship, set for Friday and Saturday.
The long-standing event is the primary fundraiser for the Champion-Humboldt Fire Department.
"It's been going on a long time," event Chairman Roy Pascoe said. "It's just thousands that come."
Rodney Michalski of Porterfield, Wis., drives his team of lightweight work horses at a recent Champion Horse Pulling Championship. This year’s event is set for Friday and Saturday. (Journal file photo)
Events begin at 6 p.m. Friday with the pony pulling, in which pairs of ponies are hitched to a weight to see how far they can pull it - the original definition of horse power. This year's pull includes 25 pairs of ponies.
Following the pulling, a dance runs from 8 p.m. to midnight with music provided by Shotgun Kelli.
Events start up again at noon Saturday with a mud drags competition, followed by a 4-wheeler ATV fun run and then a demolition derby at 5 p.m.
The evening ends with a second dance from 8 p.m. until midnight, with music by Trailer Hitch.
Saturday will also include a barbecue, including chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, ribwiches, refreshments and more.
Pony rides, a money scramble, moonwalk and other events will also run throughout the weekend.
Admission is $6 per day for adults, $3 per day for seniors and free for children 11 years old and younger.
Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401.