Chonburi buffaloes race again Oct. 4-10

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Buffalo racing returns to Chonburi the day before the end of Buddhist Lent in the province’s annual festival featuring games and contests.

Deputy Gov. Worawit Saisupatpon chaired the Sept. 9 planning meeting to prepare for the 2014 Buffalo Racing Festival held in concert with Chonburi City Hall and the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

This year’s races take place Oct. 4-10 on the field in front of city and provincial government offices. The highlight race will be run Oct. 7.

Chonburi officials announce the now-world-famous Chonburi buffalo races will be held Oct. 4-10 this year.Chonburi officials announce the now-world-famous Chonburi buffalo races will be held Oct. 4-10 this year.

This year’s festival features three different categories of racing for small, medium, and large buffaloes. There also will be a 13-wagon parade following the theme “Beautiful Sea, Delicious Kaow Lam, Sweet Sugar Cane and Bakery Products.”

Other activities include a buffalo “beauty” contest, more conventional pageants for young and older women, traditional Thai sports, a buffalo-breeding contest and Muay Thai boxing. Locally made products will also be available for sale.