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Horse races on the ice of Lake Sartai

Horse races


Once a year, on February, life heats up in Dusetos, a small town in northeast Lithuania. People from all over the country come to watch the horse races on the ice of Lake Sartai. Craftsmen sell their work, and a large crowd gathers on the shore.

           For the horses and their drivers, this is a competition in which horses that have been trained for a whole year are tried out.
The tradition of raising horses in Lithuania is still cherished. From the oldest times a beautiful Sartai lake has been a venue of the horse race. Due to the changeable weather conditions, the competition sometimes takes place in Sartai hippodrome.
          For the thousands of spectators, it is a show, a spectacle brimming with emotion and energy. People bet on their favourite horse,  music plays, the horses snort, and the voice of the excited announcer can be heard everywhere.

You will have a chance to enjoy not only the impressive moments of the race, but a traditional fair as well. You will be able to try traditional Lithuanian food and hot beverages to keep you warm. The guests of the fair will be entertained by local music and dance groups.

Breath in some fresh air and feel Lithuanian cold tickling your cheeks..