BROWNVILLE, Maine — Hoping to draw more people to this community, the town and the Maine Highlands Sled Dog Club are co-sponsoring the Brownville-Katahdin Iron Works and Beyond 30 Mile Sled Dog Race as part of the town’s winter carnival activities this Saturday.
In past years, the town had joined Greenville in sponsoring the 100-Mile Wilderness Sled Dog Race held in February, but participants remained only briefly in Brownville before their return to the Greenville base.
This year, the town decided to focus its efforts on a winter carnival and its own sled dog race, hoping to draw people to the community for an extended period of time, according to Margaret Williams, who is co-chairman of the event with her husband, Terry Knowles.
Williams said the approximately 30-mile race would begin at 10 a.m. from Railroad Avenue in the junction and go to Elliotsville and back. Mushers who do not want to enter the race are welcome to take their teams out for a “fun run” or to train and condition their teams, she said.
Another event sure to draw some people is turkey bowling. In this event, participants throw a frozen turkey instead of a bowling ball and attempt to knock down pins.
The carnival also will feature other events for all ages, including snowshoe races, a treasure hunt, and an obstacle course for children.
Williams said a continental breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. at the Legion Hall, and a public supper will be served at 2:30 p.m. at the Brownville Junction United Methodist Church, followed at 4 p.m. by an awards ceremony.
The Brownville Fire Department, the Piscataquis Amateur Radio Club, the Appalachian Mountain Club, local churches, Jobs for Maine Graduates at Penquis Valley High School, the Piscataquis Chamber of Commerce, and various businesses have joined together with the town and the sled dog club to sponsor different events and refreshments.
“It’s been just really refreshing to have so many different people involved within the community” in planning for the event, Williams said. “We’re really excited.”