Klondike Days

By: Justin Ware
By: Justin Ware

Participants, both human and animal, were pulling, climbing and tanning in front of sizable crowds at this weekend's Klondike Days.

One of the events pits canines against carts. In the sled pull, a single dog has 45 seconds to pull a weighted sled 16 feet.

"In the right track, in the right instance and day, the big dogs will pull a ton or more," said John Schultz, Tri-State Alaskan Malamute Club.

The dogs were pulling for a $3,000 purse that unfortunately for them will go to their owners, but the dogs don't seem to mind.

"They love it, I take my harnesses out. I can take my harnesses out and they go all nuts," said Schultz.

Much like the Northwoods goes nuts for Klondike Days.

The festival is an attempt at recreating what life was like during the fur trading days of the 1800's.

It started 14 years ago, when area civic leaders decided they needed to attract more people to the area during winter months.

"They really needed people to come into the area," said Christine Schilling, Klondike Days Executive Director. "Tourism is out economic base here, so we tried to think of something that will bring them here."

And it worked.

The event is being studied this year to determine just how much money all the visitors to Klondike Days bring into the area.

And with several thousand people paying to see leather-clad carpenters and lumberjacks. It's sure to be quite a bit.

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