Here we are already, heading into the last weekend of February! Where has the winter gone? Being the last Saturday of February can only mean one thing – the Trenary Outhouse Classic on Saturday!!! Since 1994, the annual outhouse racing, in downtown Trenary, MI, has been a popular draw and every year this small town of 400 swells with over 5,000 people for one day!
You may be asking yourself, “What the heck is the Outhouse Classic?” I’d say it’s a cross the between the Daytona 500 and the TV show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. To sum it up, imagine outhouses constructed of wood, cardboard, paper (and everything else you can imagine), mounted on skis and pushed by teams one-by-one down Main Street in Trenary. The teams with the fastest times are the winners. The racing teams are divided into 7 categories, based on age, and they range from the “Squirts” (5 & under) through the “Old Farts” (50+). The rules for building a racing outhouse are pretty basic but the outhouse creativity and costumes are unbelievable! What’s even funnier is each outhouse must have a toilet seat and a roll of toilet paper inside! It is definitely a hoot!
Besides the racing, there’s also awesome food, drinks, games and other family-fun activities with all of the proceeds going back to the community. The festivities begin at noon on Saturday (Feb. 26th) and the racing starts at 2pm. If you’d like to construct a last-minute outhouse, the registration fee is $30 and you must be registered by 1:30 on Saturday. For all the spectaculars, you can get your entry pins for $1 before Saturday or $2 the day of race.
So if you’re looking for something to do on Saturday, definitely head over to Trenary and check out this famous Yooper racing event! For more info and whole bunch of other cool stuff, visit their website www.trenaryouthouseclassic.com!