Local companies compete in human chuckwagon races in support of United Way.
EDMONTON, AB – On Sunday, November 8th, community members gathered at Fort Edmonton Park for the first Wild Wagons Showdown, a free event put on with the generous support of Edmonton Tourism, Northlands and Fort Edmonton Park.

Some of the highlights of the community-wide family event were horse-drawn wagon rides, a kids craft corner and musical entertainment by the Carolines and Jack the Fiddler.  But one of the biggest draws was cheering on local companies as they competed in human chuckwagon races – the first known race of its kind in Alberta.  This inaugural event is the latest spectacle of Rodeo Week that runs from November 7th – 15th.

“Rodeo Week brings together the Canadian Finals Rodeo, Farmfair International, Edmonton hotels and businesses to present exciting events. From great food, to family friendly activities, the whole city is going country,” said Joseph Pedrola, Industry and Community Activation Manager with Edmonton Tourism. “The Wild Wagons Showdown is a great example of an event that visitors and Edmontonians can both enjoy, while also engaging with the business community.”
While the core of United Way’s focus has always been on supporting people in the Alberta Capital Region, they have mostly focused their fundraising efforts on employee-driven campaigns through workplaces. That’s why this year they decided to bring together friends, neighbours and community supporters to celebrate the work we are doing together.  This event replaces United Way’s mid-campaign rodeo breakfast, typically attended by corporate supporters.
“The Wild Wagons Showdown is an opportunity to thank everyone in our community for their ongoing support of United Way and to help raise awareness about how poverty affects us all,” stated Mike Kluttig, Vice-President of Community Engagement with United Way of the Alberta Capital Region.  “United Way has a vision of a poverty-free community, but we know that the issue is not just about one organization, it’s a community-wide cause.”

United Way supports the community through over 50 social service partners that deliver more than 80 programs, covering urgent and long-term needs.

For more information on United Way, please visit myunitedway.ca.