NWT Ice Carving Competition returns to 2017 Long John Jamboree

An Ice Carving of a Whale from the 2016 Jamboree- Photo by Josh Campbell

DeBeers is back as the title sponsor of the Inspired Ice – NWT Ice Carving Competition.

Head of external and corporate affairs, Tom Ormsby made the 25,000 dollar announcement yesterday in Yellowknife.

“Last year was difficult, we had to step away for a year. We had a challenging decision at the end of 2015 when we had our Snap Lake Mine going into care and maintenance, which re-aligned our resources on what we do across the country not just here in the Northwest Territories,” said Ormsby.

DeBeers was the founding sponsor of the NWT Ice Carving Championship in 2012.

Long John Jamboree Executive Director Michelle Demeule says 10 two person teams are confirmed so far.

“We’ve been told multiple times that we’re harvesting the clearest bluest ice they’ve ever seen, so a lot of carvers are really interested in coming here internationally, We’ve had teams from as far away as Mongolia, Malasyia, and France express interest in coming, but that requires Visas and travel permits, so we’re hoping to grow the competition a bit more internationally over the next few years,” said Demeule.

The competition begins Thursday March 23rd, wrapping up with judging on Saturday March 25th at the Jamboree.

About the Author

Josh Campbell
Josh Campbell has returned to the CKLB News Team. He worked as a sports writer in New Brunswick, prior to graduating from Loyalist College in Mohawk Territory near Belleville, Ontario. Between journalistic duties in the NWT and Yukon, Campbell was a speechwriter for former NWT MP Dennis Bevington, and Sahtu MLA Norman Yakeleya.

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