Wild Wagons Showdown – A Rip-Roaring Good Time!

If you were one of more than 500 community members who came out to Fort Edmonton Park, Sunday, November 8th, you’ll probably agree that the first-ever Wild Wagons Showdown was chock-full of fun. 

Northlands Chuckwagon TeamBlatchford Hangar provided a warm place on this cold Sunday, for many people to enjoy country music performances, get western style photos taken, decorate horseshoes (this was very popular with the young folk), learn how to lasso, play cowboy in a laser tag stand-off, get western tattoos, or read stories about the old west at the Edmonton Public Library western story corner.  

The Carolines

Learning the ropes at Lasso School

Getting a tattoo

The most amazing spectacle, and the newest attraction for Canadian Finals Rodeo Week, was, of course, the never before seen human chuckwagon races. 

Prior to the races, hundreds of Wild Wagons Showdown attendees lined 1920 Street to show their support to the chuckwagon teams and get a good look at the fantastic work the organizations did building and decorating their wagons.  Joining the teams in the parade, were United Way Board and Cabinet members with their families, agencies members and the fun-loving United Way mascot Roary.

Team Heartland

Team Stantec - "Stantec Spurs". Winner of most creative chuckwagon

United Way Campaign Cabinet member Greg Wengreniuk and his family

The human chuckwagon races took off with a bang! Teams raced against each other to be the first one to cross the finish line in a 100 meter dash down 1920 Street. Race fans watched and cheered for their favorite team.  

Team ATB and TEAM PCL racing for first placeTeam EnbridgeTeam Edmonton District Labour Council (EDLC)

Team PCL - First place champions in the Wild Wagons Showdown posed with family and Ruth KellyA great big congratulations to our finalist in the winner's circle. Third place went to the Northlands team, ATB earned second place and PCL took the first place championship.

Also, thank you to all the teams that took part in the first-ever human chuckwagon races. ATB, Chandos, EIA, Edmonton and District Labour Council, Enbridge, GOA, Heartland, Northlands, PCL, and Stantec. And a very hearty thank you to our emcees of the day, Graham Neil and Donovan Workun.  

This is the newest event in conjunction with Canadian Finals Rodeo, brought to you by United Way of the Alberta Capital Region and supported by, Edmonton Tourism, Fort Edmonton Park and Northlands.

Can't wait to see you all again next year! 

For a look at all the photos of Wild Wagons Showdown, go to the 'That Just Happened' Facebook page.