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Dog Days of Winter and sled races set for Jan. 27-28

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BROWNVILLE JUNCTION — On Saturday, Jan. 27 the town of Brownville and the Maine Highlands Sled Dog Club will present the ninth annual Brownville-KI and Beyond Sled Dog Race & Dog Days of Winter event. The activities take place at and around Railroad Avenue, and the event continues on Sunday, Jan. 28.

Saturday begins with breakfast at the American Legion/BJHS Alumni Building on Railroad Avenue starting at 5 a.m. and going through 9:30 a.m. Mushers arrive from 6-8:30 a.m. and equipment checks will take place from 8-9:45 a.m. A drivers meeting is set for 9 a.m.

Dog sled teams will start the 30-mile race at 10 a.m., departing from the edge of Railroad Avenue with teams scheduled to be on the trails until the middle of the afternoon. The 30-mile trail is a scenic out and back course, traversing varied terrain. Race entry forms can be found at www.mainesleddogclub.com. At 10:30 a.m. a shorter 20-mile race commences and at 11 a.m. a 10-mile race starts.

The Brownville Snowmobile Club maintains the trail, assists with marking the route and is providing sweep sleds for the safety of mushers. The Piscataquis Amateur Radio Club is manning radio communications safety checkpoints along the trail.

A mushers’ fun run starts at 11:30 a.m., and lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. will be served at the American Legion/BJHS Alumni Building.

The Dog Days of Winter will include a number of other events during the early afternoon along Railroad Avenue, such as turkey bowling, a snow art competition, a mushing board game, snow sledding and the Maine Highlands Sled Dog Club’s one-dog event as participants of all ages are invited to try their hand at mushing.

The day will conclude with a public dinner and musher awards ceremony sponsored by the Brownville Junction United Methodist Church and American Legion Unit 92 Auxiliary taking place at the American Legion/BJHS Alumni Building from 3-5 p.m.

On Sunday, Jan. 28 the Brownville-KI and Beyond Sled Dog Race & Dog Days of Winter continues with another 20-mile fun race at 9 a.m. and an awards ceremony following the competition.

For more information, please go to http://www.trcmaine.org/dogdays or call Terry Knowles at 965-8120.

Observer file photo/Stuart Hedstrom
MUSHING OUT OF THE GATE — Christine Richardson and her team head out to start the 30-mile race during last year’s Brownville-KI and Beyond Sled Dog Race and Dog Days of Winter event. Richardson and her eight-dog team would finish in first place with a time of a little more than two and half hours to best six other teams. This year’s event is scheduled for Jan. 27-28 with races starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday from the end of Railroad Avenue in Brownville Junction.

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