Weather puts Farmington Dog Sled Races on hold


FARMINGTON — The Farmington Dog Sled Races will not take place this weekend, due to poor conditions, an organizer said Thursday.

Mark Turner, along with his wife, Joy, does much of the organizational work for the local races sponsored by the Downeast Dog Sled Club. He said it’s not known whether another date can be set without conflicting with other races.

The club holds five races throughout Maine and there is another coming up in Canada.

Two of the five races planned have been cancelled this year, he said Thursday. Snow is needed.

Work was done to lay out a trail for races in York’s Field at Sandy River Farm on the Farmington Falls Road. However, streams of water covered the field as temperatures rose Thursday, he said.

Turner had trained his dogs all week on the trail. They are ready to run after training all summer and fall, he said.

The couple did attend a race in Westbrook in December when there was enough snow for a sled race, he said.

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