This weekend is the final one for the 2019 Willow Winter Carnival, and it actually gets started later today.
The Willow 300 Sled Dog Race begins at 11:30 a.m. on Willow Lake. Hosted by the Willow Dog Mushers Association, it is one of the state's premier middle-distance races and attracts a very competitive field each year.
Saturday, Feb. 2 is jam packed with events, with most of them taking place at the Willow Community Center. The Willow Creek 300 is expected to finish sometime around 6 a.m., but if you want to sleep in, the rest of the events get started at 9 a.m., with the SnowX races taking place at Newman Memorial Park.
At 10 a.m. the Sven Eriksson 25K Tour starts on the lake. The race has three categories - fat tire biking, running and skiing, giving racers several options. Also at the community center, fat tire bikes will be available for rental. If you have never tried fat tire biking before, the Willow Winter Carnival is a perfect place to try it out.
At 11 a.m., it's a blast from the past, as the vintage snowmobiles race. There will be snowmobiles from all eras.
At noon, a snowmobile poker run begins that runs through the afternoon. For those not riding, the MTA Telephone Toss is always a funny event.
Throughout the day, there will be live music, a cribbage tournament, a pie auction and more events at the community center.
Take a trip to Willow this Saturday and visit one of the state's most unique community celebrations. A full schedule can be found here.