Free dogsled rides to kids Saturday

CALUMET – Children will get a chance to experience what it’s like to ride on a dog sled Saturday during the Copper Dog 150 Free Kids Sled Dog Rides.

Meredith LaBeau, Copper Dog 150 race director, said the free rides will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Agassiz Park. The rides will be given by Tom Bauer of Otter Creek Kennels and Wilderness Tours.

LaBeau said the Copper Dog 150 will take place from Feb. 28 to March 2. The race will start at 7 a.m. on Fifth Street in Calumet.

This year, LaBeau said there is a maximum of 35 mushers allowed to take part in the 150-mile race, and all those spots have been filled already. Of those 35, 28 are returning competitors.

“We’re really excited to have these mushers returning,” she said.

The 40-mile race will take place on Feb. 28, LaBeau said, with a maximum of 15 competitors.

Mushers are coming to the races from as far away as Alaska and Canada, LaBeau said. Most racers are coming from the Midwest, including Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

LaBeau said event organizers are in the process of arranging other events for Copper Dog. There will be fireworks on Feb. 28.