This weekend marks the opening event in the Canadian Professional Chuckwagon Association tour in North Battleford.
The first event runs Friday May 31 to Sunday June 2 at the Battlefords Ag Society grounds. The hope is that the weather will co-operate and that there will be a full three days of racing at the Ag Society track. Last year, opening night on June 1 was rained out, but the CPCA was able to get the final two days of racing in to crown an event winner.
Dale Mitsuing goes into this season as the reigning CPCA champion, while Robby Ethier comes in as the defending North Battleford event champion.
This year’s event promises to be history-making, as Amber L’Heureux is set to make her chuckwagon racing debut as the first female driver in the CPCA Friday.
After North Battleford, the CPCA tour moves to Alberta through the month of June before the Calgary Stampede holds the Rangeland Derby from July 5-14.
The tour then returns to Saskatchewan July 19 at Little Pine, and July 25 at Poundmaker. After their event the next week in Frog Lake, Alberta, the tour returns to Saskatchewan Aug. 9 in Turtleford. The season ends in Lloydminster Aug. 14-18.