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The third annual Winter Dummy Race will return to the slopes of Huff Hills this weekend.

The event allows teams to build a “dummy,” which has ranged from a cookie monster to an inflatable extraterrestrial to the nonprofit’s prototype – a Bigfoot on skis. 

“We want to be able to raise scholarship funding while providing an event that gives the whole family a reason to get out of the house on a winter afternoon,” said Jared Klempel, a Erickson Merkel Foundation-North Dakota team leader. “We’ve been blessed by good weather these past two years, and I’m hopeful for the same now. If not, the dummies will have a little snow on their shoulders when they hit the slopes.”

The dummy race has added a nice dynamic to the seasonal events at the local ski slopes, according to Andy Beck, mountain operations manager at Huff Hills.

“It’s been fun to see the creativity and positive energy the event has brought out these last two years,” Beck said. “We can’t wait to see what kind of dummies show up this Saturday.”

The event starts at 4 p.m. Saturday with registration starting at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. Registration is $40 on Saturday for unlimited dummies. 

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