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Dickens Crowned Thunder Road’s Chittenden Milk Bowl Queen

Dwayne Lanphear (he's the one on the right) gives Dickens the smooch of her life following his Chittenden Milk Bowl win in 2001

Annie Burke of Harvest Hills Farm in Berlin, VT reports that her lovely Ayrshire cow, Dickens, has won the annual Milk Bowl Beauty Pageant for a record fourth time.  Dickens will be standing in Victory Lane at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre on Sunday, Sept. 30 as the winner of the 44th Annual Chittenden Milk Bowl stock car race is presented to her for the traditional winning kiss.  Dickens adds the Milk Bowl contest win to her lengthy list of achievements in 2007, which include first-place award ribbons at Vermont fairs in Barton, Rutland, Tunbridge, and Essex.

“Dickens won the ribbon at Essex for production – she produced 20,000 pounds of milk over a period of 305 days,” said Burke.  “That’s a high-performance cow.  Who else would you want among high-performance racing machines at Thunder Road?”

The 2007 Chittenden Milk Bowl will be Dickens’ fourth tenure as beauty queen for the race.  She unseats Ferry Queen, last year’s winner.  Dickens has previously received victory smooches from American-Canadian Tour (ACT) competitors Patrick Laperle of Montreal in 2005, Hyde Park, VT native Eric Williams in 2003, and Morrisville’s Dwayne Lanphear in 2001.  Lanphear, a dairy farmer himself, planted upon Dickens’ lips the most enthusiastic kiss in Milk Bowl history.  Photographs of the scene, scandalous as they were, were sent along the Associated Press wire and appeared throughout major newspapers in cities including Detroit, Toronto, and Los Angeles.


PASS, NASCAR Champions Enter ACT Chittenden Milk Bowl

Mike Rowe's #24ME ACT Late Model

Stock car racing champions from the top short track series in America have entered this weekend’s 44th Annual Chittenden Milk Bowl, a $10,000-to-win ACTion Super Series event for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT), at Thunder Road in Barre, VT, Sat./Sun, Sept. 29/30.  Leading the way are defending Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Champion Mike Rowe of Turner, ME and two-time NASCAR Busch East Series king Brad Leighton of Center Harbor, NH.  Each driver is also a former ACT Champion.

“It would be nice to finally win the Milk Bowl,” said Rowe, who earned his fifth victory of the season at Beech Ridge (ME) Motor Speedway last weekend.  “It’s as tough a race as you’ll find anywhere.  I’ve won a couple of segments, but I was never able to contend for the win like I wanted to.”

The Chittenden Milk Bowl is a unique, three-segment event with cumulative scoring and full field inversions between segments.  The driver with the lowest three-round point total is declared the winner, earning the right to kiss a real Vermont beauty.  Last year’s trophy girl was a 1,600-lb Ayrshire dairy cow.  The closest Rowe has come to smooching the lovely lady was a fifth-place overall effort during his ACT Championship run in 1994.  His mount for the weekend is the #24 Lux Enterprises Chevrolet of Arundel, ME car owner Mike Lux.