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Mush! And think SNOW! At Appleton Farms Grass Rides

Appleton Farms: New England Sled Dog Race

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Mother Nature is very unpredictable in New England, particularly in winter. But, that doesn’t stop a group of hopeful and enthusiastic sled dog race lovers from planning the 2013 New England Sled Dog Races on February 2 & 3 (new dates!) at Appleton Farms Grass Rides!

The race’s start and finish take place at Appleton Farms’ Highland Street entrance in Hamilton. The farm’s 1,000 acres, as well as surrounding public and private lands, offer the ideal venue for the race – we just need snow! Planning and executing the races involves the joint efforts of landowners, community leaders, The Trustees of Reservations, Essex County Greenbelt Association, and Essex County Trail Association.

As a spectator, you can expect to see a slew of races between 9AM and 3PM, with four, six and eight-dog teams, as well as skijoring (have you heard of it? It’s where a person on skis is pulled by a dog!) and a junior’s event race! And, you’ll also find opportunities to meet and mingle mushers and their teams as well as enjoy a sampling of vendors with warm treats, including Appleton Farms hot chocolate! The parking fee is $20 per car for this special event.

Also, please do remember: leave your pets at home during the races. A sled dog race may seem like a fun event to share with your dog, but the sled dogs are professional athletes and cannot be distracted by other dogs! So, please don’t bring your dogs (or other pets) to the race site.

About the New England Sled Dog Club
The New England Sled Dog Club has an enthusiastic membership of 130 who attend several races during the course of the year. This year’s race at Appleton Farms is the only International Sled Dog Racing Association sanctioned race in New England. With this honor comes the task of providing courses that are challenging while keeping the dogs and mushers safe.

Published January 2013