Pattaya Daily News

12 October 2010 :: 13:10:57 pm 43814

Announcing the 139th Chon Buri Buffalo Racing Festival 2010

Officials held the final announcement and press conference pertaining to the 139th Chon-Buri Buffalo Racing Festival on Monday afternoon. The festival is due to be held over the course of the 16th-22nd of October, from the Chon-Buri District and Provincial Fields in Chon-Buri City.
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Chon-Buri, the 11th of October 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: From the Chon-Buri Municipal Meeting Room, Mr. Wichit Chatphaisan (Chon-Buri Governor), Ms. Summana Munthakij (Chon-Buri Mayor), Mr. Phisut Pitansusorn (Chon-Buri Provincial Administration Vice President) and Mr. Niti Kongkrut (Pattaya Tourism Authority of Thailand President) held the final announcement of the 139th Chon-Buri Buffalo Racing Festival.

Popular with visiting international tourists and Thai residents alike, the annual festival pits buffalo’s and their respective jockey’s in a sized-based week of tournament style races. In addition to the main attraction, other popular activities and events are scheduled by organisers, including Thai pop & country music concerts, traditional Thai games, Muay Thai boxing, Rattan ball competitions, numerous festival style attractions and a traditional Thai merchandise market.

Other popular additions to the festival include the ‘Buffalo Pageant,’ were awards will be given to best male and female buffalo, and several other pageant style competitions involving trainers, breeders, jockey’s and of course the annual “Miss Farm Maiden” beauty contest.

The festival, unique to Thailand, originated in Chon-Buri in an age when the buffalo was ever present in Thai culture and society, typically used in the cultivation of the nations farms. The popularity of the event has seen it spread to numerous other provinces throughout Thailand in recent times, particularly in the north and northeastern provinces.

Despite the evolution of Thailand’s agricultural industry, implementing the widespread usage of tractors and heavy machinery, the buffalo still maintains a significant cultural value to the Thai people and as such the popular festival continues.

Traditionally held from the Chon-Buri district and provincial fields during the month of October, largely to mark the end of Thailand’s monsoon (rain) season, this year’s festival is no different albeit with the advent of several other additions to the festival over the years.

Perhaps the most significant point in the history of the buffalo races in Chon-Buri was the official visit of His Majesty the King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) in 1912. The revered monarch, whose reign encompassed a 15-year period from 1910 until his death at the age of 44 in 1925, was invited to the event by then Chon-Buri governor Praya Wisetruechai. To this day he remains the only member of Thai Royalty to ever visit the festival.

This year’s 139th Chon-Buri Buffalo Racing Festival will be held over the week of the 16th-22nd of October, from the Chon-Buri District & Provincial Field in Chon-Buri City. For more information on the festival, please contact the Chon-Buri Municipal Offices on, 038-287-035, TAT Pattaya’s Office on, 038-428-750, 038-428-750, 038-427-667, 038-427-667 or visit www.tat.or.th

Reporter : Yanwarrut   Photo : Yanwarrut   Category : Community News

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