PHOTO GALLERY: Horsin' around at the MV Fair


Race to a pile of 50-pound feed sacks. Leap from the wagon bed and load two on the wagon. Then navigate through cones around the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds horse arena. Unload the feed sacks, then bolt to the finish line. The first wagon driver to hoist his cowboy hat atop a pole wins.

These simple shenanigans originated two years ago to fill time between team horse events. Now the fair's feed sack races draw their own crowds.

Wade and Tiffany Benson took one of this year's trophies, a horseshoe welded to a metal base and painted red.

The couple took this NSP photgrapher along on their championship ride to capture the action, laughs and dust kicked up by the galloping competitors.

NSP Photos by Mark Ridolfi