Each year for Winter Carnival we bring snow BACK to main street and cover it so we can hold a variety of competitions. Most of the competitions involve being pulled by a horse, and it's mostly our kids involved in the competitions. (Yeah, you gotta be hardy). The ranchers bring their horses to town and are a critical part of the competitions. Larry Pierce got a good shot of our ranchers and horses, preparing for Winter Carnival:
Shannon Lukens also got a shot of our ranchers and horses:
As did Timothy Hancock, who also captured a snowy Mt. Werner:
Skijoring is a popular event, where you're pulled on skis behind a horse as fast as you can go. Shannon Lukens got some great photos of the event:
Ranchers ask the kids if they want to go fast or slow before they begin their run. Some kids want to go all out:
Which sometimes results in a fast fall:
But the crowds are supportive of all the kids and clap wildly when they bounce back:
Other kids are more cautious, and slow is just fine with them - slow enough that another kiddo can ride along on the horse:
So slow, in fact, that the line goes slack!
But they get across the finish line, which is what they were after!
There is also "steer roping," as captured by Larry Pierce:
And Timothy Hancock:
And the infamous "donkey jump", where the horse tows kids over a small jump. Larry Pierce got shots of several kids catching air, both on skis:
And on a snowboard:
Although not all donkey jumps end well:
The only event adults participate in is the shovel race, where a horse tows a person clinging to a shovel (as documented by Aleka Scott):
The street events are a fun tradition and one of the things that make our town special. Figured I'd close out with the CUTEST street event participant. George Fargo got a picture of her:
But Shannon Lukens went in for the closeups!
Gotta love a girl with a crown!