Tarp auction raises over $161,000

Fifty-six business made sure this week that when the chuckwagons are hurtling around the track during the 2013 Westerner Days celebration, they will be getting some high-speed advertising.

Fifty-six business made sure this week that when the chuckwagons are hurtling around the track during the 2013 Westerner Days celebration, they will be getting some high-speed advertising.

The 15th annual tarp auction for the North American Pony Chuckwagon Championships at Westerner Days took place Wednesday, where sponsors vied for the opportunity to get their names and logos on the tarps of the 56 chuckwagons that will race during this year’s fair.

In total, $161,825 was brought in through the auction. Eighty-five per cent of the money bid will go to the drivers; the rest will serve as prize money and operational funding.

Pumps and Pressure had the highest bid — $6,000 for the wagon of Gary Thiel, 2012 North American champion.

Thiel will have the chance to repeat as champion during the 2013 Western Days Fair & Exposition, which runs from July 17-21.