Clevelanders looking for a unique, family-fun outing for the weekend should look into the 8th annual Dryland Sled Dog Races being held at Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland, Ohio on Saturday, November 22 and Sunday, November 23. It is approximately a 45 minute drive from Cleveland.
Dryland Sled Dog Races Conducted by the Trailbreakers Sled Dog Club, dryland sled dog racing involves various breeds of dogs pulling wheeled carts that simulate a sleigh on snow but taking place when there is no snow on the ground. Participants can also use bicycles or scooters.
Dogs will compete for the best time as they race a 2-mile course. More than 50 teams of dogs and their mushers from all over the country are expected to attend. Most of the teams consist of Siberian Huskies and Euro Hounds. Monetary prizes will be awarded.
Visitors will be able to meet the dogs and talk to their handlers and learn about their experiences and the equipment they use. The handlers will also show videos of their previous races.
Hours for the Dryland Sled Dog Races are 9:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. General admission is $6 for adults. Admission for seniors is $5 and it is $4 for children (2-11). Children younger than 2 are free. Parking is free. Admission for Lake Metroparks Farmpark members is free.
For more information about the Dryland Sled Dog Races or about Lake Metroparks Farmpark call 800-366-3276 or get online at www.lakemetroparks.com.
Lake Metroparks Farmpark is located at 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd. in Kirtland, Ohio. It is approximately a 45 minute drive from Cleveland.