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The 11th Ever Outhouse Classic in Trenary, Michigan
     Before viewing the 2004 pictures, we went to the 2005 Outhouse Classic on February 26, 2005 and this year we created a complete 1-Hour Video of the races available on DVD. We felt like a Hollywood film editor with all the film clips on the floor but we ended up with a real funny documentary with lots of interviews and action. It is available for purchase in our on line store. We are donating a portion of every sale to an organization in the Trenary, Michigan area to help needy families.

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     There are a lot more pictures available to view than what are shown below. We have pictures of every Outhouse that was raced and all the racers. In addition, we have a lot more interesting people shots that you will enjoy looking at.
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    The Outhouse Classic is located in Trenary, Michigan, which is about 19 miles north of Rapid River, and is held on the last Saturday of February at 2 PM. Dig out your Michigan map and unfold the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and look smack dab in the middle of it and you will be close. This year when we crossed the Mackinac Bridge, the fog was unusual as shown in these pictures:
 

    This year was the 11th year and it was the best Outhouse Classic ever. [Climbing up on my soap box:] One word of caution is in order: If you plan to drink at the races, have a designated driver who isn't drinking. This year the Michigan State Police were patrolling the area the entire weekend and many people were pulled over. Please don't drink and drive. [Now I can get off my soap box...]
     This year the stars and moon must have been aligned just right because the weather was PERFECT! My own feeling is that Toivo Aho, who passed away shortly after last year's race, had something to do with that. After last year's 25 below wind chill during the race, this was great. The race this year was dedicated to Toivo. He was the person responsible for bringing Outhouse racing to Trenary and his picture graced the cover of the Wall Street Journal last year on March 4th when they did a front page article about the Outhouse races.
    I have been covering the race now for the last six years and my partner and I take pictures and video of the event. This race has grown from just a few people to well over 4500 people this year. Every year on Friday night a track of snow is layed down on the main street of Trenary for a distance of 500 feet. Then on Saturday the people begin to arrive in droves to watch the races. Pickup trucks and vehicles pulling trailers slowly arrive and unload their creations for this year's race. If you get there just after noon, you will have plenty of time to mill around and inspect the many different designs of Outhouses. You will also see people putting them together as though they were a kit. There is non-stop action from the moment you get there as people walk around talking with each other. After you see some of these racers, you begin to see some real nice entries and you can see that many people put a lot of time and work into their Outhouse. On the other hand, there are always a few who put a refrigerator box on a pair of skis and go for it! There are now a few people I look forward to seeing and they never let me down!
    OK, let's get down to what happened. This year three of us drove up from Detroit on Friday and for supper, we drove up to Chatham, Michigan for some of the best Walleye and Perch we have had in a long time at the Village Pub. It was recommended to us and we were very happy with the meal. Afterwards, we headed down to Trenary for some bar time visiting with Cindy, owner of the Trenary Tavern, and her husband. Some of the racers were also in town at the bar so we got to know them and got a few hints about what they would be racing. Francois and Sherry, members of the Outhouse Classic committee, were there along with a lot of other people.
 

    Saturday morning begins with a breakfast at Deloma's restaurant. They have pretty good specials for breakfast. This year I got the fisherman's breakfast. It was awesome! How about eggs, hash browns, pancakes, and a huge piece of pan-fried perch laying right there on the plate. Fresh coffee warmed us up and then we were off to Trenary.
 

    There isn't much more to say except for you to take a look at the pictures. By the way, the photos were taken by myself, the Curator of the Outhouses of America Tour, and Mike Becker, my partner in photography. Any photos taken by others are noted.


This year's theme was "Leap into the Eleventh Ever Outhouse Classic"
Here are the Race Results

Kids 12 and Under
1st place kids 3rd Place Kids
1st Place Kids 12 and Under
Paul Bunyan, Cheboygan, Michigan
3rd Place Kids 12 and Under
Babe, Cheboygan, Michigan
We think this is Little Stinkers from Trenary
2nd Place Kids 12 and Under
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Kids Awards
Kids Best Presentation Kids Best Workmanship
Kids Best Presentation Kids Best Workmanship
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Kids Most Humorous
Kids Most Humorous
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Adults 13-30 Years Old
3rd Place Adults 13-30
3rd Place Adults 13-30
We think this was Turd Burglars
1st Place Adults 13-30
Wipe Out!!!
2nd Place Adults 13-30
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Adults 31-49
Powered by Martys Wine 3rd Place Adults 31-49
1st Place Adults 31-49 3rd Place Adults 31-49
Built for 1st; alias...The Box!
2nd Place Adults 31-49
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Adults 50 and Over
2nd Place Adults 50 and Over 3rd Place Adults 50 and over
2nd Place Adults 50 and Over 3rd Place Adults 50 and Over

We aren't sure which outhouse was called "Built For Two Firsts" from Sauk City, Wisconsin. They came in 1st Place. If you know what it looked like,
send us an Email.
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Adult Awards
Adults People's Choice Adults Best Workmanship
Adults People's Choice Adults Best Workmanship
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Adults Most Humorous
Adults Most Humorous
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Adults Best Overall Adults Best Overall
Adults Best Overall Adults Best Overall
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Adults Best Presentation Adults Furthest Traveled
Adults Best Presentation Adults Furthest Traveled
Winner of the Las Vegas or $500.00 cash drawing:
Jackie Madosh, American Legion Post 349, Gwinn, Michigan.
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