The first Annual Muskrat Jamboree Open Dog Race is underway in Inuvik as the weekend’s events wind down in the final afternoon on the ice.
Other outdoor events like egg toss, tea boiling, muskrat skinning and bannock making will also be taking place today at this the 61st annual Muskrat Jamboree.
It is Jamboree season throughout the Beaufort Delta and elsewhere in the territory to celebrate the coming of Spring. The Muskrat Jamboree in Inuvik and Yellowknife’s Long John Jamboree kick off weeks of similar events taking place to welcome the coming warm weather and take advantage of the ice one more time.
This weekend in Inuvik, festivities opened on Friday night with drum dancing, a feast and the crowning of a muskrat king and queen before getting into the outdoor events taking place over the weekend.
There was also a talent show for budding artist, fiddlers and jigging.
Greta Sittichinli is a volunteer organizer of the jamboree and says the tireless effort of volunteers is what makes this event great.
This is a really big volunteer event and it impacts economy because the town of Inuvik welcome visitors and it’s good for business and good for the people because they visit and celebrate the welcoming of Spring.
As mentioned, Jamboree season continues across the Delta. The Peel River Jamboree is back in Fort McPherson in two weeks as well as the Mad Trapper Rendezvous in Aklavik, and Tuktoyaktuk’s Beluga Jamboree is back for the end of April.