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Three Bear Sled Dog Races mush into Land O’ Lakes

LAND O’ LAKES, Wis.— The Three Bear Sled Dog Race brings the Northwoods tradition of sled dog racing to Land O’ Lakes on Feb. 1-2. It is known as one of the premier spectator races in the northern Midwest and is a favorite destination for mushers alike. Racing Northern Wisconsin, the Three Bear offers beautiful trails in the popular open class as well as six dog, four dog, juniors and skijoring.
    The Three Bear Race Committee invites sled dog teams and race fans to the 2020 Three Bear Sled Dog. As this invitation was issued, 11 inches of fresh snow had fallen at Land O Lakes, where sled dog teams have been welcomed for 40 years.
The race offers over $10,000 in cash and prizes, a $7,800 purse, plus $2,400 in NutriSource product prizes and $200 in additional bonus cash prizes.
There will be 8-dog, 6-dog, 4-dog, 2-dog adult, skijoring, 3- and 2–dog junior race classes for the event.
Race location is behind Land O’ Lakes Town Hall on Hwy. B.
    There will be a drivers’ meeting on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 9 a.m. at the Town Hall race site.
Races begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday.
There will also be a BP Poker Run and Fat Bike Race.
On Saturday, Land O’ Lakes Public Library will host its winter book sale, featuring  used books in most genres, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., sponsored by the Friends of the Land O’ Lakes Library
The LOLA Center for the Arts, which is located at 4262 County Road B in Land O’ Lakes, invites visitors to stop in from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a visit, warm up, and to make a sled dog-inspired hat or Zen Doodle Dog.
The free event is open to all ages to show their spirit with a clever sled dog hat, and then cheer on the racers and the dogs.
For more information, go to www. lolaartswi.com.
The annual Mushers Ball will begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Gateway Lodge with music by “Sons of Legend.”
    This is a great way to see the sport of sled dog racing firsthand while enjoying a weekend in Land O’ Lakes.