Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Stubborn Asses Compete In Traditional Burro Flapjack Races

BEATTY, Nev. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – especially for the burros in Beatty, Nevada.

Every year, the city hosts its traditional “Burro Flapjack Races” where humans and burros team up to race and eat flapjacks.

This year, the races will be on Sunday (Oct. 29), and will begin by having the human contestants strap a harness and saddle to their burro, loading the critter with cargo and leading it around a racetrack.

After that, in order to win, the humans must unload their burros, build a fire, cook a pancake and have their burros eat the pancake.

It sounds simple enough but event spokeswoman Debbie Wilkinson explains that the burros don’t always cooperate.

Says Wilkinson: “Sometimes, it’s like pulling teeth to make a burro eat a pancake. They are plain pancakes, no carrots or apples or syrup – so the burros aren’t very enticed.”

Wilkinson adds that the contestants aren’t allowed to force the burro to eat the flapjack, so the races really depend on whether the burro is actually hungry or not.

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