How to Race a Woodtick

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If your family isn’t as crazy fun as ours, let me explain the Woodtick Races to you.

First, you arrive in the middle of nowhere (as Ryan exclaimed loudly when we got out of the car).

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Then, you get a clean white sheet and send the gullible little ones into the woods to collect woodticks.

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You may have to bribe them with a quarter per tick, some fun sparkling masks or something of the sort, but they are usually pretty excited to be assigned the important task of collecting the woodticks.

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Once you have your ticks, it is required that you pay your $1 entry fee and then name your tick.  Ryan and Owen named theirs Speedy.

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Then you set your tick in the center of the circle and the timer starts!

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Once it hits the outer circle the time is called for that particular tick and another heat is started.

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It’s recorded in the official woodtick race book and cross referenced by racer name and woodtick name.  There is no messing around with this race; it’s serious business. And sometimes the judge and timekeeper need to have a little chat regarding the completed heat.

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Jim was the official time keeper of the woodtick races this year and while it may seem like an easy job, it is not.

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One must take this assignment very seriously. As a matter of fact it’s about as crazy serious as the tick collector job mentioned above.

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With approximately 100 ticks raced this year, you cannot just call out the winner.  I mean, what fun would that be?!  An award ceremony is definitely a must-have for an insane unique event such as this.

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The overall winner takes home this award….

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and a portion of the proceeds.

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And the second and third place winners receive medals and a smaller portion of the proceeds.

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And then the time keeper has to do a shot of moonshine.

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Or so he was told anyway.  I think that tradition just started this year though.

Every family does this, don’t they?!  Or are we the only crazy fun one?!

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Comments

  1. Wait a second. You guys find ticks – on purpose? They must not be deer ticks. Because here in New Engkand we fear and loathe ticks. They carry Lyme Disease around here. Not fun stuff, for sure!!! But your tick races look hysterical!

    • Typical Suburban Family says:

      I know!! How crazy are we?! This family tradition started long ago before ticks were dangerous. We’ve just continued on with the tradition, but we’re safe about it. It’s so much fun though!

  2. LOVE this, Jean! It looks like your are having a fantastic time on your vacation so far!!

    • Typical Suburban Family says:

      We are heading to Minneapolis on Saturday and staying until Friday. Any chance we can see you and Ava??

  3. I’m in GA to ,but I’ve never heard of a this. I’m about 45 minutes from Atlanta in the North West GA (Paulding County) area. Anyhow, I’ll have to tell my hubby about this one. It’s tooooo funny!!!!!

    • Typical Suburban Family says:

      We’re actually visiting in Wisconsin right now… it’s crazy times up here in the middle of nowhere!!

  4. Oh my goodness! Hilarious! Love these photos.

    • Typical Suburban Family says:

      Oh, if you only knew the fun that is had at these family reunions!! And the dirt on the kids…. oh so fun!

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