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Potties will race ‘no matter what’

Town’s signature event turns 31

— The tiny town nestled below Mineral Hill will put on the 31st annual Outhouse Races with or without snow Saturday.

“We’re still having the outhouse races,” organizer Linda Bussell said with a firm resolve. “No matter what, it’s still up and going. No snow? We will have it on the pavement if necessary.”

Registration runs 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Conconully Community Hall, 219 Main St.

There is a parade of the pretty privies at noon followed by racing of the peppy potties.

The town is considering several options, Mayor Sam Martin said on Monday.

“One of those options includes misting the streets a couple nights in hopes it freezes and putting straw down,” Martin said. “There is still the possibility of hauling in snow. It just depends if we can find some.”

Racers should bring their creations on skis as if they were running on snow, the mayor said.

“Any alternation we do to the course, they will all be in the same boat,” he said. “The race is on. We’re just looking at all the options.”

“If we had the races today (last Friday), we could pull them off,” said Tom Gibson, a race worker who also is organizing trophies this year. “I am not sure in the next couple days. We will just have to move them to a side street” if there is not enough snow and ice on Main Street.

The popular event brings several thousand to the town also known for its snowmobile and all-terrain vehicle routes.

“The races are usually done in a couple hours,” Mayor Sam Martin said. “The races are a lot fun. It’s just crazy.”

Trophy plaques go the winners in men’s open, women’s open, bucket race, extreme challenge (obstacle course), family, senior (team of three must be 125 years or more) and teen.

Rules are available online. Those with construction questions can contact Levina Nickell.

New for this year are plaques for the most unique outerwear and for people participating in the greatest number of races over the years.

“A lot of people like to dress up in swimming suits and odd clothing, even when it’s 5 degrees out,” said Gibson, who noted some racers have returned for 20 years. “It’s supposed to be around 40 degrees (the day of the races). Things can change in a heartbeat.”

Other plaques up for grabs by teams of three – two potty pushers and one sitter – include longest distance traveled to participate and people’s choice (best looking).

Organizers won’t know how many thrones will be marching down the street until registration, although there will be a stink hole brought over the mountains from Monroe.

There were 20 biffies last year, which is about what organizers expect this year will blaze a block in town.

For the hungry folks, there will be hotdogs, hot chocolate and coffee along with water for sale from a Search and Rescue food wagon. Various vendors will be in the community hall.

Food and beverages will be available from local eateries.

“We just hope for a big crowd that comes to Conconully and has an excellent time,” Gibson said.

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