Dog musher museum faces closure due to low turnout

    A Fairbanks museum dedicated to Alaska's state sport is struggling to attract visitors and faces possible closure if business doesn't pick up.

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A Fairbanks museum dedicated to Alaska's state sport is struggling to attract visitors and faces possible closure if business doesn't pick up.

    The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the Bouchard's International Dog Mushing and Sled Museum has been in Fairbanks for two summers. Owner Kyia Bouchard says she is $30,000 behind on rent and having trouble attracting visitors willing to pay $10 to view thousands of dog mushing artifacts.

    Bouchard moved her museum to Fairbanks from Canada, hoping to capitalize on the summer tourist season. But she says she's far short of the 100 visitors she needs daily to cover the bills.

    In the meantime, Bouchard says she's seeking corporate sponsors to boost visitation.

    Bouchard's dog mushing collection includes items from around the world and is valued at about $150,000.

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