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Royal Flush Outhouse Races Celebrates Five Years

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In less than five years, outhouse racing has become well associated with the foothill town of Twain Harte.

Mike Lawrence and Terry Northcutt of the Twain Harte Rotary were Wednesday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”.

The 5th Annual Royal Flush Outhouse Races returns to Twain Harte this Saturday June 2nd, from 9 AM through the afternoon.

Spokesperson Lawrence explains how it all began, “Half a decade ago, Twain Harte had been hit hard by the economic recession, the Rim Fire and the lack of snow during the winter. We wanted to do something new.. something that would bring the crowds back to our beautiful town.”

Northcutt said, “We wanted to do something completely different. No poker race or golf tournament. We knew there could be very little more original, unique and fun than to hold outhouse races. And the result? Enthusiastic crowds and a fun annual event.”

This year, the day will be filled with numerous events, crafts, food and the races.

The majority of the events take place in and near Eproson Park and it’s a fundraiser for Twain Harte Rotary.

During the day, there will be a Toilet Seat Toss, Tot Pot races and other activities for both children and adults.

The morning actually begins with a pancake breakfast served by Scout Troop 500 at 8 AM.

Numerous vendors will be on hand throughout the day.

During the main event, two outhouses at a time will race throughout the day until a winner is crowned during an afternoon ceremony.

The Rotary is accepting a few last minute vendors and outhouse entries.

Outhouse racing teams consist of a driver (or rider) and two pushers. Race rules and outhouse specifications are located on, their event listing is here.

You can also call 209-481-5790 or 209-352-1753.

The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard every weekday morning at 6:45, 7:45 and 8:45 AM on AM 1450 and FM 102.7 KVML.

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