This year's Northwest Montana Fair in Kalispell is featuring a full slate of Indian relay racing, with races scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16-18. Local race organizer Hardee Skunkcap noted the races are attracting a large number of entrants, as well as being one of the main attractions of the NWM Fair weekend.

The first races will be a men's qualifying run on Friday, followed by the second and third qualifying heats on Saturday. Women will take to the saddles on Saturday as well, competing in the Ladies' Indian Relay, also known as the Shorty Mad Plume Memorial.

Sunday the top two teams from the qualifying heats will compete in the championship relay, a total of six teams in all. The half-mile Chief's Race is also slated for Sunday, as well as the half-mile Indian Ladies' Race. Both events are limited to eight teams.

A total of $10,000 in prize money is up for grabs, and contestants must use Indian horses and prove they are enrolled members of an Indian tribe to take part.

For more information and to register for competition, contact Hardee Skunkcap at 338-2801.

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