Outhouse races set for Saturday

ISHPEMING – Many spectators and participants will find themselves out in the cold and snow for the 20th annual Trenary Outhouse Classic Saturday.

The races begin at 2 p.m. on Trenary Avenue where a snow packed track will be built. The first race in 1994 had a few crudely fashioned outhouses that were raced down the sidewalk, said Dianne Peterson, Trenary Outhouse Classic committee treasurer. Since then people from the age of 2 to 74 have participated in the races.

“When it started 20 years ago it was meant to get people out,” Peterson said. “No one ever imagined it would last this long. We have people from all over the world come out for it.”

The whole day has a family day party feel outside, she said, and if someone has never see these races they should come out.

“It’s something unique to the area,” Peterson said. “And it’s a site to see if you’ve never been out to them in the past.”

The fastest team to push their outhouse on skis 500 feet down the street is the winner. The outhouses are pushed one at a time down the road and are built from wood, cardboard or other materials and must include a toilet seat and a roll of toilet paper.

Participants registering the day of must register before 1:30 p.m. There will be a tent set up outside across from Trenary Tavern. For more information and directions, visit trenaryouthouseclassic.com.

Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-486-4401.