The Second Annual Interlakes Outhouse Races are sliding into another great family event.
The Interlakes Economic Association sponsors the races organized by IEA’s Arts & Cultural Committee chair Shelly Durand.
This free event takes place Family Day weekend on Feb. 8 with registration at 10 a.m and races starting at 11.
Last year had an amazing response with more than 200 people turning out to the races at the Interlakes Service Centre on Highway 24 (east of Horse Lake Road), Durand says.
Kooky commodes, crazy costumes and wacky-and-wild themes bring out everyone’s creative imagination in preparing for the event, she adds.
“The teams are supposed to name the outhouses, and it’s fun to have a theme. They have to be kind of inventive, and costumes are great.”
The 2015 event is expected to be even bigger and better with its new features of games, four food vendors and prizes for competitive as well as recreational classes, plus a bonfire.
“This year, there will be a ladies-only race, and there is also a kids race.”
Whether your team is out for the competition or all about having fun, you can enter an outhouse for a chance to win a variety of prizes and trophies.
Competitive outhouse entries will be checked and measured against contest construction requirements, Duran explains.
However, across-the-board rules for all classes stipulate teams of three, no power beyond human strength may be used to push or pull them around the track – and one participant must remain seated on the “throne” for the duration of the race.
She explains the fun new family games will include a Toilet Seat Toss and a Toilet Plunger Race.
Food vendors will offer Thai appetizers, a hog roast, footlong hotdogs and chili, and hot beverages – including cappuccino.
Folks should definitely bring a camera if they wish to grab some great shots, Durand notes.
“Just come on out and have a really good time. It’s a great way to get out in February [when] there isn’t much happening.”
She adds Interlakes is the place to be on Family Day weekend as the Deka Lake Ice-Fishing Derby take place the day before (Feb. 7).
Contest rules, more information and race registration forms are online at www.interlakesevents.net, by e-mail to the firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Shelly at 1-250-593-4114. Entry forms are also available at the Country Pedlar.