Thai farmers create splash with buffalo race

Farmers in eastern Thailand have celebrated the start of the sowing season by racing their buffaloes, whose usual duty is to plough the fields.

Farmers on Saturday coaxed and goaded the animals to make them run to the finish line in an annual event known as the Wooden Plough Buffalo Race.

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A Thai farmer controlling a pair of buffaloes competes in the flooded field during the annual Wooden Plow Buffalo Race in Chonburi Province, southeast of Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, July 13, 2019. The farmers are celebrating the start of the sowing season by racing the buffaloes whose usual duty is to plow field. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Thai farmers controlling their buffaloes compete in the flooded field during the annual Wooden Plow Buffalo Race in Chonburi Province, southeast of Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, July 13, 2019. The farmers are celebrating the start of the sowing season by racing the buffaloes whose usual duty is to plow field. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
A Thai farmer controlling a pair of buffaloes competes in the flooded field during the annual Wooden Plow Buffalo Race in Chonburi Province, southeast of Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, July 13, 2019. The farmers are celebrating the start of the sowing season by racing the buffaloes whose usual duty is to plow field. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Thai farmers controlling their buffaloes compete in the flooded field during the annual Wooden Plow Buffalo Race in Chonburi Province, southeast of Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, July 13, 2019. The farmers are celebrating the start of the sowing season by racing the buffaloes whose usual duty is to plow field. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Thai farmers controlling their buffaloes compete in the flooded field during the annual Wooden Plow Buffalo Race in Chonburi Province, southeast of Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, July 13, 2019. The farmers are celebrating the start of the sowing season by racing the buffaloes whose usual duty is to plow field. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
A Thai farmer controlling a pair of buffaloes competes in the flooded field during the annual Wooden Plow Buffalo Race in Chonburi Province, southeast of Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, July 13, 2019. The farmers are celebrating the start of the sowing season by racing the buffaloes whose usual duty is to plow field. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
A Thai farmer controlling a pair of buffaloes competes in the flooded field during the annual Wooden Plow Buffalo Race in Chonburi Province, southeast of Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, July 13, 2019. The farmers are celebrating the start of the sowing season by racing the buffaloes whose usual duty is to plow field. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
CHONBURI, THAILAND - 2019/07/13: Jockeys compete in Chonburi's annual buffalo race festival in Chonburi province, east of Bangkok. (Photo by Chaiwat Subprasom/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
CHONBURI, THAILAND - 2019/07/13: A jockey compete in Chonburi's annual buffalo race festival in Chonburi province, east of Bangkok. (Photo by Chaiwat Subprasom/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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The race in Chonburi, about 37 miles south east of Bangkok, is held to express gratitude to the buffaloes for working for the farmers all year long.

Around 60 buffaloes were registered for the race.

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