© Julia Robinson

© Julia Robinson

Race announcers may belabor the phrase “hold onto your hats,” but the exhortation rings true at the 1836 Chuck Wagon Race at the Diamond B Ranch near Palestine. The races (April 22-24, 2016) pit chuck-wagon teams pulled by horses and mules, hurtling perilously through an open-field course, kicking up dirt and careening around barrels. The event, which runs April 15-25, 2016, commemorates Texas Independence and also includes camping, live music, trail rides, mounted shooting, horse clinics, horse auctions, and other events.

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