CALUMET - The fourth annual CopperDog 150 sled dog race is the first week in March, but a related event takes place Saturday in Calumet.
Kim Pici, assistant race director, said from 1 to 3 p.m. at Agassiz Park, free sled rides will be offered to children by Tom Bauer, owner of Otter River Sled Dog Training Center and Wilderness Adventures in Chassell.
"We're also going to have a couple of mushers there," she said.
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A sled dog team shows off its skills at the 2010 Meet the Copper Dogs event in Agassiz Park in Calumet. This year’s event is set for Saturday.
Local racers Brad King, Truman Obermeyer and Jerry Trudell will talk about their dogs and sled racing, Pici said.
"That went over well last year," she said.
Most children will be allowed to take the sled rides, Pici said, but there is a limit. Children of adult size won't be allowed to ride.
Organizers are asking children to show a little restraint, Pici said.
"We're asking all the kids to let everyone get one ride," she said.
After each child has had at least one ride, Pici said second rides will be given to those who want them.
The course for the free sled rides will be behind the pavilion in Agassiz Park, Pici said.
For the event, Pici said Pat's Foods will be offering free hot dogs. Free hot chocolate will also be offered.
Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital will offer free instant photographs of children on the sleds. CopperDog 150 2013 apparel will also be offered at the event.
Pici also said it's important for those planning to attend to leave their pet dogs at home to avoid injury or illness to the race dogs.