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Dinner time for the canine athletes ...

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While hundreds of local residents, sled dog race promoters and officials, and many sled dog mushers were inside the Crook County High School commons area enjoying dinner and discussing the race, the day's work had not ended for some. Out in the high school parking lot, a few mushers were busy feeding and watering their dog teams. As part of the local effort to support this world class sled dog race, the Atta Boy 300, residents had volunteered to house the mushers overnight. The dinner gave everyone an opportunity to meet and talk with race officials and the mushers. More than 400 people turned out for the dinner, enough to fill the commons area. Posters designed as part of a contest for area schools decorated the walls, and the winners were announced to great applause. When the dog teams started out on the Prineville leg of the 300-mile long sled dog race this morning, the 12 winners of an essay contest for fourth and fifth-graders were there to see this unique race start. For more on the Atta Boy 300 Sled Dog Race, see Sports.