By Associated Press - Wednesday, January 22, 2020

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Warm weather and a lack of snow in parts of Montana has led to the cancellation of a skijoring competition in Whitefish and an ice fishing event on Canyon Ferry Reservoir near Helena this weekend.

Organizers of the Whitefish Skijoring World Championship canceled its event scheduled for Friday through Sunday due to a forecast of warmer weather and rain in the Whitefish area. The event will not be reschedule, the Flathead Beacon reported.

In late December, a lack of snow led to the cancellation of a skijoring competition near Kalispell. Skijoring is a winter sport in which a horse pulls a person on skis through a course.

Meanwhile, the Broadwater Lions Club Perch Derby has been canceled for the second straight year due to unsafe ice conditions, the Independent Record reports. The derby was scheduled for Saturday and Sunday near Townsend and sometimes brings in up to 300 or 400 participants.

“We just don’t want anyone to get hurt,” co-chaior Mike Colbert said Wednesday.

High temperatures in the Helena and Whitefish areas this weekend are forecast to be in the mid-40’s (7 degrees Celsius), with rain likely in the Whitefish area, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

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