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MEEKER I The Skijor Meeker schedule has been finalized and looks to be a fun-filled competition Feb. 21, 22 and 23. The weekend will kick-off with a kid friendly registration event with refreshments available at Meeker Coworking, starting at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, followed by an adult oriented Snow Ball at the Buffalo Dance Hall starting at 8 p.m. Races begin at 10 a.m. at the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday. The Lions Club will be on hand to serve hot food during the event. On Saturday, teams will be auctioned during a Calcutta event at Meeker Coworking. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the Calcutta begins at 5 p.m. Afterwards, event participants are encouraged to participate in a walkable dine-around with Meeker restaurants or go over to the stockgrowers’ dinner and dance at the Fairfield Center (200 Main St.) There will be a Cowboy Church service at the Fairgrounds on Sunday followed by final racing. Awards will be held in the afternoon at the 4H Building following the final race
There is an entry fee and team registration is still open. Juniors (12 and under) are free. Novices are welcome and experienced racers run in the open division. Skiers and riders can register solo and will be paired up the day of the race.
“You can ride your horse or ski, do a little dancing or bid on a team at the Calcutta. Skijoring is the perfect answer for Meeker during winter months when we start to get cabin fever,” said event organizer Diana Jones. Registration, full schedule, special event lodging rates and dine-around information can be found at skijormeeker.com.
“All questions are welcome. If we don’t we don’t know the answer we will find out,” Jones added.
(Please note: dogs and drones are strictly prohibited. Both pose serious safety issues and people ignoring this rule will be asked to leave.)
Skijor Meeker is a nonprofit organization comprised of a bunch of fun loving Meeker residents dedicated to growing the winter sport of skijoring through hard work, volunteerism, ingenuity and good old fashioned grit.