Winter Carnival Sees Return of Outhouse Races

Ariel Van Cleave

     Folks in Homer saw the return of Outhouse racing during the Winter Carnival over the weekend. It was one of many events from the past brought back to celebrate the town’s 50th anniversary.

     The teams lined up at the corner of Pioneer Avenue and Svedlund Street in Downtown Homer Saturday. First up was Bay Welding and the team from Nomar.

     After re-adjusting Nomar’s boat-shaped outhouse to actually start behind the line, the teams were off and running down the block. Bay Welding took the win and moved to the finals. Next up were Team Kharacters and the Best Western Bidarka Inn. 

     The boys from the Bidarka Inn outran the Kharacters team and the next two outhouses were pulled to the starting line: The American Legion and The Alibi.

     The Alibi pulled ahead for the win and the crowd went wild. The top three racers lined up for the final heat: The Alibi, The Bidarka Inn and Bay Welding.

     The three groups tore off down Pioneer Avenue with the roar of the crowd egging them on. As the Bidarka Boys crossed the line, toilet paper rolls flew through the air. The team took home the bragging rights as well as the Styrofoam toilet seat trophy. Thomas Anderson said for his team, it was all about strategy.

     “We just wanted to get some young guys in there. That’s why we got the wrestlers. That was our secret weapon,” he said.

     Emily Johnson was cheering on Team Kharacters from the sidelines. She said the extra weight might have played a part in their team’s loss since they built it with its “intended purpose” in mind. But she was able to put things in perspective. 

     “We all had fun. Everyone came out and had a good time.”

     Also, keep on the look-out for a YouTube video that could pop up soon. The racer with Kharacters had a camera strapped to his head during the entire event.