AsiaRooms.com - Experience Buffalo Racing Festival near Pattaya
August 04, 2011 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel NewsPeople spending time in Pattaya later this year may like to visit the nearby destination of Chonburi to experience a famous sporting event that dates back centuries.
Every year, the town hosts a grand festival of water buffalo racing, with farmers from across the province bringing their finest animals to Chonburi to compete.
Traditionally held in early October to mark the end of the rainy season, the week-long event is organised as a tournament and the buffalo are matched up according to their size.
As well as the competition, the Buffalo Racing Festival features live music and entertainment, a buffalo fancy dress contest, traditional Thai games and the Miss Farm Maiden contest, which sees local beauties vie for the title.
Before the races get underway, a parade of colourful carts drawn by buffalo makes its way through the town and large crowds gather in anticipation of the action.
The buffalo has traditionally played a highly important role in Thailand's agricultural industry, as the animals were used to plough fields long before the advent of tractors and heavy machinery.
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