Chuck wagons from across the country will be rolling in to Madison, Wisconsin on August 17 & 18 to the debut of this summer’s newest equine event, Taking the Reins. Chuck Wagon teams will have the rare opportunity to participate in a Midwest-based cook-off. These cooks must prove that they have what it takes to create the best meal using items only available on the trails of the 1860s. Each wagon must prepare a full meal consisting of meat, beans, bread, potatoes and a dessert in a limited amount of time. Not only will the delicious meal be judged, but also the authenticity of the camp and the dress of the crew. Prizes will be awarded to the wagon crew with the best food in each category and one talented team will be named the overall cook-off winner. Wagons will be judged on Friday, August 17 and the cooking portion of the competition will take place on Saturday, August 18.
Interested competitors may visit www.TakingtheReins.net to access the application and rules for the cook-off. The entry fee is $150.00 and will be refunded upon arrival. The event is limited to seven wagons and if registered by June 15, 2012, the wagon will be given $200.00 in travel money.
Meal tickets for visitors are currently available online (www.TakingtheReins.net) for $25.00 each. The ticket will include a 1-day general admission pass plus a meal ticket for a single plated meal. The authentic meal will be served around 12:00 pm on Saturday, August 18, 2012 on Willow Island.
Taking the Reins presented by the Midwest Horse Fair® is owned by the Wisconsin Horse Council. All proceeds from the event are returned to the WHC and are used to represent and foster a unified equine industry in Wisconsin, promote the equine through leadership, education, service and communication, and to take a proactive role in the future growth and development of the equine industry.
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