Countdown to Winchester’s Great Canadian Cow Race broadcast 3 p.m. this Saturday

WINCHESTER — Six charities are in the running during this Saturday’s Great Canadian Cow Race — set for broadcast on Nation Valley News at 3 p.m., Aug. 8.

Reconfigured as a live-streamed, socially-distanced event in light of the pandemic, the race follows in the hooves of previous editions otherwise occurring during the busy hustle and bustle of Winchester Dairyfest.

As in prior years, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 108 Winchester won’t be rounding up real Holstein cattle for the ‘race.’ Instead, the costumed jockeys straddle small replica bovines crafted from wood, each one representing a charitable cause. A throw of the dice determines their pace  along counted squares on the ground toward the finish line.

This year’s event is themed around the NHL’s original six hockey teams — whipping up a fun fusion of Dundas County’s favourite dairy breed with Canada’s national game.

The respective mounts and riders in the saddle include: the Winchester District Memorial Hospital Foundation’s ‘ORRdalee’ with Dale Myers (as the Boston Bruins); Carefor Nordun Seniors’ Centre’s ‘Carl Capone’ with Terry Wagner (Chicago Blackhawks); Dundas County Hospice’s ‘Lone Ranger’ with North Dundas Mayor Tony Fraser (New York Rangers); Community Food Share’s ‘Hungry Howe’ with Blake Fawcett (Detroit Red Wings); Naomi’s Family Resource Centre’s Mrs. Robinson with Bruce Morris (Montreal Canadiens); and Veterans for Service Dogs’ CUJO with Cindy MacIsaac (Toronto Maple Leafs).

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