Oct. 11 - Over 100 buffaloes compete in Thailand's 140th annual Buffalo racing competition. Kilmeny Duchardt reports.
Buffalo soldiers grabbed their bisons by the horns at the starting line for Thailand's annual race -- dashing down a 100 meter track and jockeying for the title of the fastest buck in Chonburi. The festival, just south of Bangkok is 140 years old. Politician Sonthaya Khunpleum explains why the event is a time-honored tradition. (SOUNDBITE) Sonthaya Khunpleum, politician, saying (Thai): "In the old days when farmers gathered at the temple to make merit, they brought their buffaloes along. After they made merit they went on to buy their farm supplies. And before they returned back back home, they got their buffaloes to race. It was their game when they met up." Over 100 buffaloes competed in heats based on weight and size. The fastest bison can bring in as much as 500,000 Thai baht or $17,000 U.S. dollars for the owner. Kilmeny Duchardt, Reuters.