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Winter Carnival Street Events - 2-14-18

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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!

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