The Long John Jamboree and Snowking Winter Festival will be returning to Yellowknife early this Spring, and De Beers Canada has made a commitment to help keep it here for years to come.
De Beers will be investing $150,000 over the next 5 years largely in support of the Ice Carving Competition which is expected to grow further this year. Gacho Kue mine General Manager Alan Rodel says he hopes the funding helps solidify De Beers’ commitment to the north
We also hope this provides additional confidence to the people of the NWT that De Beers’ is committed to the North for many, many years to come.
The ice carving competition will now be extended to include a high school and media contest, and organizers say old favourites will be making a return.
Garret Cochrane, the Vice President of the festival, says the goal is to make this an integral Yellowknife tradition, and the funding helps with that.
This will allow us to bring competitors from all over the world and it will allow us to basically continue to reach our goal of transforming this competition into one of the world’s premier ice competitions and a local Yellowknife tradition.
The competition is planned to run March 22 to March 24.