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White Oak Classic sled dog race set

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news Bemidji, 56619
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

The White Oak Classic Dog Sled Race will begin at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, and will continue through noon Sunday, Jan. 10, at the White Oak Fur Post, 33155 state Highway 6, Deer River and the Marcell Community Center.

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The race and the events are open to the public. Participants are reminded not to bring pet dogs to this event.

Participants will be able to view the race progress from various locations in the area, The finish for the Recreational Race will be between 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Gosh Dam Place on Highway 6; the finish for the Trophy Class Race will be between 2-5 p.m. in Squaw Lake; the finish for the 8-dog Pro Class will be between 4 p.m.-midnight, near the Cenex building in Northome. Progress can be viewed for the 10-dog Pro Class from 11 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday, in Effie and from 7 a.m.-10 a.m. in Big Fork. The finish for the 10-dog Pro Class will be between 7 a.m.-noon Sunday at the Marcell Community Center. Food will also be available at Gosh Dam Place, Effie Café and Squaw Lake Fire Hall.

Events scheduled for Friday, will include vet checks and registration from noon-9 p.m. at the White Oak Society and a spaghetti dinner and an opportunity to meet the mushers, at the Great Hall, White Oak Fur Post. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under.

Saturday events will include an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 6-9:30 a.m. at the Great Hall, White Oak Fur Post. The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Musher staging will be held from 8-10 a.m. at White Oak, with an opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m. At 10 a.m. the Bob Lundeen Memorial Trophy race will start, followed by the recreational mushers. At 11 a.m., the 8-dog Pro Class will start, followed by a noon start for the 10-dog Pro Class. Dad's Log Cabin will be open for hot sandwiches, soup and beverages from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The Saturday events will culminate in an awards ceremony for Trophy and Recreation classes at 6:30 p.m. at the Squaw Lake Community Center.

The city of Northome will host winter activities for all to enjoy from 1-3 p.m. Saturday. St. Michael's Catholic Church will serve beef stew at the Senior Center at 4 p.m. for a free-will offering.

Sunday activities include a pancake breakfast from 6 a.m.-noon at the Marcell Community Center and the finish for the 10-dog Pro Class will be between 7 a.m.-noon at the Marcell Community Center. An awards ceremony will be held for the pro-racers at noon at the community center.

For more information about the events, visit the Web site www.whiteoakclassicsleddograce.com.

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