Join Steve Stymeist in supporting the
70th John M. Studebaker International Wheelbarrow Races
at the 2014 El Dorado County Fair.

The 70th Annual John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races

 This Placerville Kiwanis Club fundraiser supports local kids.

The most crazy-fun event at the El Dorado County Fair is the running of wheelbarrow races in honor of John M. Studebaker.

John M. Studebaker, his shop in early Placerville, "Wheelbarrow Johnny" statue El Dorado County Fairgrounds gate.
Studebaker came to the foothills during the Gold Rush to make his fortune in gold. Instead, he grew rich by making and selling wheelbarrows to other miners. In 1858 he returned to Indiana and made covered wagons for pioneers heading west. This enterprise again proved successful and eventually became the Studebaker car company.

Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races

The annual wheelbarrow race involves maneuvering wheelbarrows loaded with sandbags over railroad trestles, through water and over steep hills to the finish line. It's open to men, women, teens and children (division list and race schedule here), racing on behalf of sponsors for trophies and cash prizes in each division. The race is a major fundraiser for Placerville Kiwanis Club projects aimed at improving the lives of children locally and globally.

Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races 

Want to enter the race? Pick up an entry form at Stymeist Collision Centers in Placerville or click here.

The race happens in the grandstands at the county fair on Saturday, June 14, starting at 6pm. We encourage you to bring the family and enjoy!

Take a look at this 53-second "newsreel" made sometime in the 1950's featuring the wheelbarrow race.


Race photos credit: Mt. Democrat
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