As the Winter Texan season in the RGV begins to wind down, there is still some fun to be had. Chimney Park RV Resort held its annual International Golf Cart Rodeo March 4, with 19 teams from various states and provinces competing.
The winner is determined by the fastest time and fewest penalties. The blindfolded drivers were guided by a partner through a serpentine course of markers (red milk jugs full of water) and one large refuse can. A penalty of 20 seconds was applied for hitting a jug and spilling the water, going off course, or hitting an object (or spectator). “Sheriffs” walked the sidelines judging infractions.
Some were very adept at following either verbal or shoulder-touch directions, while some partners pointed in vain. The hardest direction was to go straight, especially at the finish line. The fastest time was under two minutes, and the slowest was over five minutes.
At the end of the event, announcer Mike Syrstad and Rodeo Chairman Don West presented the coveted “Travelling Hubcap” award to Bud Alderson from Missouri and John Erb, from Ontario. Second place went to Steve and Peggy van der Linden from New York, and third went to Janet Hogue from Iowa and Sandy Morrison from Missouri. The “Booby Prize” for slowest time went to Mac and Donna Woodard from Missouri.
Chairman West thanked the many volunteers who helped with the event. A hot-dog supper followed the race.