Clevelanders looking for an unique, family-fun outing for the weekend should look into the 7th annual Dryland Sled Dog Races being held at Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland, Ohio on Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22. It is approximately a 45 minute drive from Cleveland.
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 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 consists of Siberian Huskies and Euro hounds.
Visitors will be able to meet the dogs and talk to their handlers and learn about their experiences and the equipment they use. Those in attendance will also be able to watch various demonstrations until 2:30 p.m. All dog races will be run from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hours for the Dryland Sled Dog Races are 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Lake Metroparks Farmpark hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. General admission is $6 for adults. Admission for seniors is $5 and it is $4 for children (2-11). Children under 2 are free. Admission for Lake Metroparks Frampark members is free. Parking is free.
For more information about the Dryland Sled Dog Races or about Lake Metroparks Farmpark, call 440-256-2122 or 440-645-3483 or get online at www.lakemetroparks.com. Lake Metroparks Farmpark is located at 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd. in Kirtland, Ohio. Kirkland is approximately a 45 minute drive from Cleveland.