Check out chuckwagons and chapels this weekend

From Aug. 14 to 16, check out the exciting events taking place at Alberta’s historic sites that are sure to provide an exciting weekend for you and your family.

The Race is on! Remington Carriage Museum hosts World Miniature Horse Chuckwagon Championships

On Friday and Saturday, August 14 and 15, teams of miniature horses will tear up the track at the Remington Carriage Museum as they compete in the World Miniature Horse Chuckwagon Championships.

MiniChuckWagon

Approximately one-half the size of regular chuckwagons, the miniature versions are pulled by teams of four miniature horses and offer all the racing thrills of their regular-sized counterparts. Wagons, teams, drivers and crews are supplied by the Alberta Miniature Chuckwagon Racing Association. Races will be held in the event field behind the museum.

Friday’s events begin with a Western Art and Gear Show and Museum Promenade from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday’s races begin at 6 p.m. and are followed by a Chuck Drivers’ Social from 8 to 9:30 p.m. where visitors can meet the drivers and enjoy live entertainment such as country music and cowboy poetry.

Saturday will feature a pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and a farmers’ market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with races beginning at 1 p.m.

Tickets for the races are available at the gate: $5 for adults, $12 for a family (two adults and their children under the ages of 18) and $2 for children and youth (ages 17 and under).

Separate admission rates apply for the Remington Carriage Museum: $11 for adults, $28 for a family (two adults and their children under the ages of 18), $9 for seniors and $5 for youth (ages 7-17). Children six and under are admitted free.

The Remington Carriage Museum houses the largest on-display collection of horse-drawn vehicles in North America. The Remington Carriage Museum is located in Cardston and is open year-round. Summer hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through to August 31.

Mission Hill Day: Sunday, August 16 from noon to 4 p.m.

Mission Hill

On Sunday, August 16, from noon to 4 p.m., Father Lacombe Chapel presents Mission Hill Day where costumed interpreters will offer guided tours of the site, including visits to the chapel, crypt, grotto and cemetery.

Visitors have the opportunity to enjoy a photo display, watch historic demonstrations such as rug hooking and indulge in a tall glass of lemonade while taking in the view from atop Mission Hill.

Crafts and games for children help make this a family-friendly event.

Father Lacombe Chapel was built by Father Albert Lacombe and local Métis in 1861, and is Alberta’s oldest standing building. It gave rise to the St. Albert Mission, the religious and cultural centre of French-speaking and Métis communities in the area, and formed the heart of the present city of St. Albert.

Father Lacombe Chapel is adjacent to St. Albert Catholic Parish (7 St. Vital Avenue), just off St. Albert Trail. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through to September 7. Regular admission is by donation.

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