Total bids at the WPCA tarp auction for Stompede came in at $174,500. That is down $12,500 dollars from last year. Chanse Vigen had the highest bid at $7,750.
Sales were down $6,750 for Dawson Creek. John Walters. Jason Glass and Obrey Motowylo had the highest bids at $6,000 each.
Grande Prairie driver Mike Vigen gave a pat on the back to all the local organizers at the auction last night.
“There’s just a tremendous amount of work goes into it and the people in Grande Prairie and the crew they’ve got here with the Stompede committee and the Heritage Foundation. They go out of their way just to keep this sport alive in Grande Prairie and it shows every spring with the crowds we have. It’s just a tribute to all the hard work them people are putting in just to keep this culture alive in our community.”
Vigen plans to keep racing for awhile yet.
“As long as you’ve contributed your share and kept the sport alive and it’s still trying to build and stuff and you still have good people in place, it’s easier to make an exit when you feel it’s time to make an exit. Right now, I feel good. I feel strong and stuff, so we’ll just keep hammerin on ‘er for a little bit here.”
Chuckwagon season starts at Stompede May 31.