This past weekend 40 Conserve School students headed into Land O’ Lakes for the Three Bear Sled Dog Races, a true Northwoods experience. This annual weekend of races draws sled dog teams from all over the Midwest, yet has a small-town feel because most of the spectators and officials are Land O’ Lakes (population 861) locals. The start and finish lines and accompanying smaller events are all set up on the elementary school and town hall grounds, so there are lots of activities packed into a small area.
The main events were several different types of dog sled races on both Saturday and Sunday. Small and large dog teams pulled both sleds and skiers, with adult and junior divisions. These main activities were accompanied by a craft show, a bake sale area, and fun events like the Mutt Races, the Barcalounger Race, and ice skating.
Students weren’t just spectators, but they also played an important role in assuring the success of the races. Many students spent time as trail help. They were spread out along the race course to assist teams if they got into trouble and to make sure that no spectators were on the course while the race was being run. Other students helped prepare and sell food to those in attendance. The money raised from food sales helps cover the cost of the event. A favorite activity was dressing up as the snowman, Chilly Charlie, and promoting the Northwoods Blizzard Blast. The Blizzard Blast is another community activity that students will have the opportunity to volunteer at in the near future.
It was a pleasure for me to share one of my favorite Northwoods Traditions with the students of CS12.
Head of School
Please enjoy these photos, most of which were taken by students.