Chinook Sugarbeet Fest celebrates Wild West

Published online: Oct 03, 2013
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Chinook, Mont., stepped back into the Wild Wild West last weekend to celebrate its heritage at the 9th annual Sugarbeet Festival.

The festival kicked off Sept. 27 with the Chinook High School Homecoming parade, followed by the Sugarbeeters' football team taking on the Cascade Badgers at Hoon Field.

Saturday's events included the sugarbeet growing contest, a horseshoe tournament, a black pot cooking contest, the popular "Wild Wild West" look-alike contest and western style show.

The look-alike contest featured participants doing their best to replicate the Gunsmoke Gang of Matt Dillon, Doc, Kitty, Chester and Festus. Winners received prizes.

The winners of the biggest sugarbeet contest received $50 in Chinook Bucks for first place. The second contest held at the same time is the Sugarbeet Decorating Contest. Beets were judged in three different age groups for the best decorated beet, and first prize in each age group received $25 in Chinook Bucks.

The Sugarbeet Festival Fun Run took place Saturday at the 300 Block of Indiana Street. There were two runs, 1 3-mile beginning and a 1-mile.