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CopperDog for Kids! A Class Acts Show at the Rozsa

CopperDog 150 has partnered with the Rozsa Center, Michigan Tech Visual and Performing Arts, and Otter River Sled Dog Training Center and Wilderness Adventures to bring CopperDog for Kids Live to the big stage. 

A Class Acts event, providing rich educational opportunities to young students, CopperDog for Kids is rich with music, video, performance and participation by the kids. Perhaps the absolute best part of the 45 minute show is a real dog team on stage. 

This show is sure to please and delight. The shows are coming up Thursday, March 10. Because this performance is popular and seats are limited, you should get your tickets 24 hours in advance by calling 487-2073. The show is recommend for ages 4+.

Thursday, March 10, 2016
Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts
9:30 AM & 1:30 PM
Grades K-5

Please join CopperDog 150 on Thursday March 10, for this high-energy Class Acts event!

The CopperDog 150 is a weekend of outdoor adventure that thrills and delights people from near and far. Set on the stage of the beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula woodlands and background trails, the CopperDog 150 celebrates timeless tradition, challenging competition, and the pride people feel when coming together to do something truly amazing. Much of the inner workings of CopperDog happen behind the scenes, many hours of planning and preparation are required to organized this world class event.

In 2015, the CopperDog 150 partnered with Houghton Elementary School to entertain and educate over 600 K-5 students at their "IditaREAD" assembly (thanks Brockit, Inc. for the photos). The CopperDog presentation was composed of music, videos, banners, snow fence, race officials, a musher, racing gear and a real dog team. The event was an amazing success and rated by many teachers and students as their best assembly ever.

Now, through the Class Acts program at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, the CopperDog 150 is bringing this amazing experience for kids to the big stage. Kids will be entertained with sights and sounds while they learn all about the people and types of jobs (Race Director, Race Marshall, Race Judges, Trail Boss, Chief Vet) behind the CopperDog 150 and witness the race start come together before their eyes. The grand finally of the event is meeting a real musher and their dog team.

Cost? The cost for Class Acts is $1 per student per performance.

How to Book? Call Michigan Tech Ticketing Operations at least one day prior to the event, (906) 487-2073. Payment must be made in advance, more than one day prior to the event. Invoices will be provided at the time payment is processed. We request one chaperon per fifteen students. Teachers and chaperons must sit with their classes. For more information about booking, please call Michigan Tech Ticketing Operations at (906) 487-2073.

Attached is a flyer that can be circulated with K-5 teachers who may be interested in bringing their classes. They can use it to also share details of the event with their students, and there is a "color the sled dog" section.

Please let me know of any questions or concerns.

Bethany Jones

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CopperDog Event Calendar

Sat, Feb 20, 10AM - NOON 7th Annual All Volunteer Training Calumet High School
Fri, Feb 26, 6:30PM CopperDog Opening Ceremony 5th Street, Calumet
Fri, Feb 26 CopperDog 80 - Stage 1 Calumet - Eagle River
Fri, Feb 26 CopperDog 150 - Stage 1 Calumet - Eagle Harbor
Sat, Feb 27, 1:00PM Doghouse Races 5th Street, Calumet
Sat, Feb 27, 9:00AM CopperDog 150 - Stage 2 Eagle Harbor - Copper Harbor
Sun, Feb 28, 9:00AM CopperDog 150 - Stage 3 Copper Harbor - Calumet
Sun, Feb 28, 9:00AM CopperDog 80 - Stage 2 Copper Harbor - Calumet
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2016 CopperDog 150 Event Schedule


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7th Annual CopperDog Festival Weekend

Friday, February 26

  • Music, Food, Art & Fun
  • Meet the dog teams
  • Start of Stage 1
  • Fireworks Finale
  • Eagle Harbor Finish
  • Eagle River Finish

Saturday, February 27

  • Eagle Harbor Start
  • Learn About Mushing
  • "Doghouse" Races
  • Kids sled dog rides in Copper Harbor
  • Copper Harbor Finish

Sunday, February 28

  • Start in Copper Harbor
  • Finish in Calumet
  • Victory Awards Dinner
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3rd Annual CopperDog "Doghouse Races"


3rd Annual Competition is on Saturday, February 27, 2016 on 5th Street in downtown Calumet!

Registration opens is January 2016... details to come.

Here's an easy way to make $250, just build a doghouse, put together a team, get a few friends to do the same and you are in the money... if you are fast enough!

1st Place ............ $250

2nd Place .......... $100

3rd Place ........... $75

Fan Favorite ...... $75

The Event

  • Registration is at NOON on Saturday, there is NO REGISTRATION FEE!  So get involved!
  • A starting 1-block pull, followed by a “bone toss”, wrapped up by a 1-block pull. For the “bone toss” when any of the teams members are able to land three dog-bogs in a dish, the team may continue.
  • The race is open to the entire family. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Teams are encouraged to embrace “themes” add dress appropriately.

    The clock stops when the entire team, including the doghouse, crosses the finish line.


  • The doghouse must be constructed out of sturdy materials that will not shatter (glass) or leave any sharp debris on the snow road. The doghouse may be constructor out of materials such as cardboard and duct tape.
  • This is a race competition; the doghouse should slide on the snow road riding on skies, sled or other slipper contraption.
  • The dog house should be able to support the weight of a rider inside or on top of the structure.
  • The dog house must be rigged to be pulled with a rope or cable of some fashion. There is no limit on the length of the rope. The rope may have knots, loops, or any sort of harness attached to help pullers hold onto the rope when running.
  • The doghouse must have a name (preferably in good taste) easily readable on the structure.


  • The doghouse may be pulled by up to 8 humans (adults or kids).
  • People may be spaced by any interval along a rope of any length.
  • Ropes may be rigged with harness, bars, loops or anything pull the rope.
  • Riders must stay in or on the doghouse and cannot help with locomotion.

Got Questions?

If you have any questions on the race or entry, please contact our lead organizer Heather at Thank your for your time, and we hope to see your team on the snow road!

2016 CopperDog 150
Saturday Event Committee

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2016 Food Vendors Wanted

If you are a food vendor, CopperDog wants you ... and your food! (We want you even if you're not a food vendor, but that's another issue.)

CopperDog is currently accepting food vendor applications for the Friday night (Friday, February 27, 2015) race start event. That Friday night, thousands of people will converge on historic downtown Calumet, all of them wanting food and drinks. Last year nearly 5000 people attended the race start. This year we are expecting 4000 - 6000 people. We want those people to come hungry and to be able to get some food while they watch the race.

CopperDog is not just about sled dogs. It's about community involvement and vitality. It's about creating a great event that brings people together. Having food and drinks available is part of this vision. And the better the entire vendor program, the better the individual success of each vendor.

To ensure that spectators and vendors have a good experience CopperDog is introducing a Vendor Facilitation Program. Our goal is to identify great locations for vendors to set up shop, with easy access to for spectators. Power will be provided, and CopperDog will coordinate with vendors to avoid duplication of menus. CopperDog will advertise and promote vendor menus and provide location maps to the public. We will also be campaigning for people to come early, come hungry, and have dinner downtown during the race start. And we will work to retain a balance between downtown Calumet restaurants and vendor services.

For more information, and to fill out an application, please contact Renee Cunningham at To see a copy of the application Please click here.

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