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Horsepulling a big event for a small community

June 22, 2012
The Mining Journal

Summertime is a fun time filled with activity. One of the most entertaining of these is the Champion Horse Pulling, in its 56th year.

The small community of Champion swells with pride - and with thousands of visitors - as the horses put on a show, with proceeds to benefit the Champion-Humboldt Fire Department.

Horse pulling is the main event tonight starting at 6 as pairs of horses are hitched to a weight to see how far they can pull it. This year, 25 sets of horses are registered.

After watching this display of strength, spectators can enjoy the country-rock sounds of Shotgun Kelli and State 51 beginning at 8 p.m. and continuing to midnight.

Saturday, the action begins at noon with mud drags followed by a four-wheeler fun run. A demolition derby begins at 5 p.m. and the day is capped with another great band, Trailer Hitch, providing the tunes for dancing from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Also on Saturday, there will be a chicken barbecue while both nights families can enjoy money scrambles, games, pony rides and refreshments.

Admission each day is $6 for adults, $3 for seniors and free for children under 12.

Activities take place at the Champion Horse Pulling Grounds, which are just north of U.S. 41.

Firefighters are often unsung heroes in the community and since this event benefits one of the top local departments - the Champion-Humboldt Fire Department - attending the Champion Horse Pulling isn't just fun, it's a boost for a great organization.

For more information, visit the Champion Horse Pulling Event Facebook page.



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