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Skijoring at City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival Anthony Souffle

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City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival

Jan. 31
5-9 p.m.
Feb. 1
9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Feb. 2
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Prices vary; most events are free to watch
Family Events, Festivals, Holiday, Sports - Participatory, Sports - Spectator

Winter weather rarely stops Minnesotans from having outdoor fun. In fact, there are plenty of sports that can only be enjoyed in the dead of winter. See a sampling of these things at the City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival, a three-day celebration of cold-weather athleticism. Most events can be found at Theodore Wirth Park, where folks can watch or compete in a variety of tournaments and races. Those include broomball, fat tire biking, cross country ski sprints, and skijoring, an adorable race wherein humans on skis are pulled by dogs. Other fun to discover includes a snow sculpting contest, a beer garden, a family-friendly festival, and the Luminary Loppet, a nighttime candlelit stroll around Lake of the Isles. For the complete schedule, visit loppet.org.