Grande Prairie Museum opening chuckwagon exhibit this weekend
Feb 15, 2017
A new exhibit centred on chuckwagons opens Sunday at the Grande Prairie Museum's Heritage Discovery Centre.
Museum Curator Charles Taws says the idea for Horses, Wagons and Cowboys: The Chuckwagon Story came about because they wanted a topic that had meaning to Grande Prairie.
"The original intent of the exhibit was to be on chuckwagon racing, but as time went on, it changed. It became all about the evolution of chuckwagon. So, from a travelling kitchen to a racing machine."
He adds some unique artifacts will be part of the exhibit.
"Because of the popularity of westerns in movies and television from the '40's to the 60's, there were a lot of things that had chuckwagons in them, so lunch boxes, model kits. We even have a plastic toy of a chuckwagon with Roy Rogers, the famous movie cowboy."
A grand opening is planned for Sunday between 1:00 and 4:00, with a ribbon cutting at 1:00.
"We're actually having a ribbon-cutting by Bernie Benson, who was the original Stompede Sue. Her costume from when she was given that award, we have on display in the exhibit," says Taws.
Part of the display focuses on Stompede, as it marks its 40th anniversary this year. The Heritage Discovery Centre is located in Centre 2000.
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