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Annual Winter Games coming to downtown Sault MIchigan

The Outhouse Races are back!
Downtown Sault Mich Outhouse Races

SAULT STE. MARIE, MICH. - A full day of winter recreation is set for Feb. 17 in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. This year the Downtown Development Authority combined the annual Outhouses Races and the Lockside Rail Jam to take winter to a whole new level downtown!

First on the docket for the day’s activities will be the annual Outhouse Races, near the Palace Saloon and 1668 Winery and Lockside Brewery, beginning at 2 p.m.  Teams from Lake Superior State University clubs along with local organizations compete by building unique outhouses bolted to skis.

Registered teams will have a chance to win a $300 first place prize, $200 second place prize, $100 third place prize, or $75 design prize. Outhouses must be at least 3'x3'x6' and have one person riding and four pushing/pulling.

Sign-in location for teams will be on the corner of Ashmun and Portage in front of 1668 Winery (100 West Portage Ave., Sault Ste. Marie). The registration form and more information are available at

In continuing with the day’s festivities, Bird’s Eye Outfitters will again present Kayak Pulls during the intermission portion of Outhouse Races around 3 p.m.

Kayak Pull participants will compete for prizes in timed heat races with one person riding in a kayak while one person pulls. Kayaks will be provided onsite for teams of two to race. Snowshoe racing will be an additional completion hosted by Bird’s Eye Outfitters.

Capping the day off will be the 2nd Annual Lockside Rail Jam beginning at 7 p.m. Searchmont Resort and SAFA-The Searchmont Area Freestyle Alliance have once again partnered with the Downtown Development Authority to bring a unique chance for snowboarders and skiers of all ages to show off their skills to compete for great prizes, including day passes to Seachmont Resort. 

The event will be located on the northernmost block of Ashmun Street between Portage Avenue and Water Street near the Soo Locks, 1668 Winery and Lockside Brewery and Island Books and Crafts. The event will also feature a live DJ and outdoor fire pits.

Participants must register prior to the start of the competition for a nominal fee of $15 (CAD). Please follow this link for more information.

The Downtown Development Authority would like to recognize the following sponsors for their generous contributions and support for the activities on Feb. 17: 

The Sault Ste. Marie Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, War Memorial Hospital, Old Mission Bank, Up North Laundry, The Palace Restaurant and Saloon, Bird’s Eye Outfitters, Searchmont Resort, SAFA, The City of Sault Ste. Marie Public Works Department, The Sault Ste. Marie Snowmobile Association, and Scott Templeton and family for the use of their property and continued support of the annual Outhouse Races.