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A Trip to the Mouse Races

Last weekend I experienced something new that I’m guessing not a lot of people have had the chance to do, or even know about for that matter: Mouse Racing.

This event is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, as mice are set to race against each other, similar to what you would expect at a horse race…. only the participants are much smaller. 🙂

Prior to each race, people can bet on which mouse they think will win and then receive a payout based on how much was bet. As far as I know, most of these events are for a charity or fundraising of some sort, and the one I went to was to help raise money for a third cousin, twice removed who has leukemia.

Seeing so many people show up to support this cause was really cool, and even though most of them were probably related to me, I only knew a very small handful of people there.

While I was at the mouse races, I took quite a few pictures of the night and thought it’d be neat to share them here. If you’ve ever attended one of these races, I’d love to hear what you thought about the experience.

In order to bet, you had to exchange your cash for this currency.

In order to bet, you had to exchange your cash for this currency.

This is how the mice were able to race and keep each mouse separate.

This is how the mice were able to race and keep each mouse separate.

A retired Cardinal showed up to support the event... sorry I can't remember his name.

A retired Cardinal showed up to support the event… sorry I can’t remember his name.

I think this was my reaction to finding out that the mouse I had chosen to bet on during one race won, but my mom forgot to place the bet.

I think this was my reaction to finding out that the mouse I had chosen to bet on during one race won, but my mom forgot to place the bet.

Part of the invitation said to bring snacks, so this is what our table contributed to the event. Luckily, we ate a very healthy dinner before going to the races that made up for our junk food later in the evening.

Part of the invitation said to bring snacks, so this is what our table contributed to the event. Luckily, we ate a very healthy dinner before going to the races that made up for our junk food later in the evening.

Did I mention that unlimited beer was included in the price of admission? I'm a lightweight, but still managed a few cups (or a pitcher), although it felt weird to be able to openly drink in front of my grandma.

Did I mention that unlimited beer (Bud Light) was included in the price of admission? I think the goal was to encourage higher betting by having alcohol so readily available. I’m a lightweight, but still managed a few cups (or a pitcher), although it felt weird to be able to openly drink in front of my grandma. 

In the end, I was glad that I went to this family event, and hope that it was a big enough of a success to benefit my distant relative.

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