Successful Sale At The 2017 Calgary Stampede Chuckwagon Canvas Auction

Defending GMC Rangeland Derby Champion Kirk Sutherland (L) is all smiles as he and 2017 Calgary Stampede Queen Meagan Peters wait for the iopening bid of the 2017 Calgary STampede Chuckwagon Canvas Auction
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It looks like the Calgary economy is on the rebound as the 2017 Calgary Stampede GMC Rangeland Derby Chuckwagon Canvas Auction has to be looked upon as a success. It was the 9th highest total in the 39 year history of the event, bringing in over 2.4 million dollars.

$1,985,000.00 was bid on the 29 drivers that will compete on the 2017 World Professional Chuckwagon Association (WPCA)  Pro Tour, with $437,500.00 bid on the remaining 7 drivers who will compete on the Canadian Professional Chuckwagon Association (CPCA) circuit in 2017.

A total of $2,422,500.00 was bid on the 36 participating wagons. It was the 7th consecutive year the Calgary Auction crossed over the 2 million dollar mark. Twelve-time GMC Rangeland Derby Champion Kelly Sutherland, who will be making his final appearance at the big show, received the high bid of $110,000.00, $10,000.00 down from 2017's top of $120,000.00 for Kurt Bensmiller. The median bid on all 36 wagons was $66,250.00, up $11,250.00 from the median bid of $55,000.00 in 2016; the low bid was $40,000.00, up $2,500.00 from the low bid of 2016 as well.

The next chuckwagon auction will be on Thursday,April 6, 2017 at the Grey Eagle Casino for the bulk of the WPCA Pro Tour.

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DriverSponsorAmount Bid

Kelly SutherlandFriends of the King$110,000.00

Jason GlassFriends of Glass Racing$95,000.00

Rick FraserDirect Horizontal Drilling$95,000.00

Kurt BensmillerWest Industrial Ltd.$87,500.00


Kirk SutherlandCam Clark Ford$82,500.00

Luke TournierExpress Employment Professionals$82,500.00

Vern NolinDenton's$80,000.00

Mark SutherlandThe Cowboy's Casino Posse$80,000.00

Chad HardenMNP/Image Distributors$80,000.00

Jamie LaboucaneRogers Communications$80,000.00

Layne MacGillivrayLaFarge Canada$77,500.00

Gary GorstPainted Pony Petroleum Ltd.$75,000.00

Mitch SutherlandGhostpine Environmental Services Ltd.$70,000.00

Logan GorstBD&P Put the Boots to Hunger$70,000.00

Troy DorchesterCARSTAR Collision & Glass Service$70,000.00

Chance BensmillerFriends of the Mavericks$70,000.00

Chanse VigenThe Mavericks Chuckwagon Team$67,500.00

Codey McCurrachiON Secured Networks$65,000.00

Colt CosgraveHigh River Autoplex & RV$65,000.00

Barry HodgsonRoadtrek Motorhomes$65,000.00

Evan SalmondWheeler's Transport (2001) Ltd.$60,000.00

Doug IrvineB & R Eckel's Transport Ltd.$60,000.00

Chad Fikesimons$60,000.00

Jordie FikeHorsepower Inc.$57,500.00

Cody RidsdaleDreamcatcher Log Homes$57,500.00

Roger MooreConstruction Group$55,000.00

John WaltersShaw GMC Chevrolet Buick$50,000.00

Obrey MotowyloHomes By Us/Eagle Builders$50,000.00

Mike VigenDriving Force$50,000.00

Troy FladThe Mavericks Chuckwagon Team$47,500.00

Dustin GorstCentury Casino$45,000.00

Ray MitsuingHeart Lake Group$45,000.00

Dallas DyckManteo Group of Companies/Friends of The Brakeman $45,000.00

Todd BaptisteManteo Group of Companies/Friends of The Brakeman $45,000.00

Darcy FladThe Legends$40,000.00


 Total Amount Bid$2,422,500.00


 Average Bid$67,291.67


 Median Bid$66,250.00


 High Bid$110,000.00


 Low Bid$40,000.00


 2016 Total$2,299,500.00


 Difference Over 2016$123,000.00

Calgary Stampede chuckwagon tarp auction drives to a wire-beater win

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Published on: March 23, 2017 | Last Updated: March 23, 2017 9:12 PM MDT

Chuckwagon driver Kelly Sutherland poses for a photo during his last Stampede Canvas Auction at the Boyce Theatre in Calgary, Alta., on Thursday March 23, 2017. Leah Hennel/Postmedia LEAH HENNEL LEAH HENNEL / LEAH HENNEL/POSTMEDIA


CALGARY — It came right down to the wire but the annual Calgary Stampede chuckwagon canvas auction on Thursday night just edged out the total raised a year ago.

Bidders pledged just over $2.4 million for the right to advertise on tarps on the 36 chuckwagons that will compete in 10 days of racing July 7-16 at the Stampede.

The auction, considered a bellwether for Alberta’s oilpatch mood, raised just under $2.3 million last year, the worst showing since 2010 when it brought in $1.97 million.

The record year was 2012, when bidders pledged just over $4 million.

Dave Sibbald, president of the Calgary Stampede board of directors, said the tarp auction’s success bodes well for what is billed as the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth this summer.

“I think it’s a really good lead indicator, as it always has (been),” he said.

“I mean, we’re up over last year, we’re starting to see the economy come around and this is very positive news as we start to enter into our ad campaigns and our launch.”

The top bid of $110,000 on Thursday bought rights on the wagon driven by 12-time champion Kelly Sutherland, 65, the sentimental favourite because he is retiring after this year’s event.

“I said if we raised the same amount of money as last year we’d be very lucky, because I think a lot of companies even this time last year were just thinking it would be short-lived,” Sutherland said.

“To me it’s 2018 and 2019 before we turn the corner.”


Two-time winner Kurt Bensmiller bought his own wagon for $95,000 at the auction, the same price he paid last year, and plans to resell it to a group of advertisers who will split up the rights.

“With the economy, everyone is struggling,” Bensmiller said.

“They’re cutting corners and trying to take care of their families and their business. It is what it is. You can’t sugarcoat what’s going on in Western Canada.”

The auction takes place as crude prices have been lingering below the US$50 per barrel mark, though nearly US$10 above what they were at this time last year.