Celebrating the 62nd Muskrat Jamboree (Photo Feature)

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From April 5 to 8, Inuvik celebrated the 62nd annual Muskrat Jamboree through a wide variety of events. Hundreds of community members and visiting residents participated in the Jamboree’s games for a chance to win big in cash prizes.

There was an audience for every event, whether it be ski-doo racing, harpoon throwing, honey bag hockey, dog sled racing, or muskrat skinning. In total, around $20,000 was distributed to those who participated in the games.

A ski-doo racer flies around the corner of the race track for the men’s ski-doo race that took place down by the river site on April 6. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo
A racer flies around the corner of the race track for the men’s ski-doo race near the river site on April 6. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo
Audience members laugh as Richard Tardiff Jr. struggles to deliver a potato between his legs to the drop-off zone during a fun and crazy games session that was hosted at the Jamboree’s opening ceremonies on April 5. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo
Audience members laugh as Richard Tardiff Jr. struggles to deliver a potato between his legs to the drop-off zone during a fun and crazy games session that was hosted at the Jamboree’s opening ceremonies on April 5. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo
Players wrapped plastic bags around their boots during a game of honey bag hockey hosted at the Jamboree’s river site on April 6. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo
Players wrapped plastic bags around their boots during a game of honey bag hockey hosted at the Jamboree’s river site on April 6. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo
Keefer Francis boils a pot of tea over a fire that he had put together five minutes prior with his partner, Ashley Jacobson. The two competed in a tea boiling and bannock making competition that took place at the Jamboree’s river site on April 8. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo
Keefer Francis boils a pot of tea over a fire that he had put together five minutes prior with his partner, Ashley Jacobson. The two competed in a tea boiling and bannock-making competition that took place at the Jamboree’s river site on April 8. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo
Melba Mitchell skins a muskrat during the women’s muskrat skinning competition that took place at the Jamboree’s river site on April 8. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo
Melba Mitchell skins a muskrat during the women’s muskrat skinning competition at the Jamboree’s river site on April 8. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo
A fierce group of dogs prance through the snow, pulling their musher with them during a dog race event that took place just outside of the Jamboree’s river site on April 8. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo
A fierce group of dogs prance through the snow, pulling their musher during a dog race event just outside of the Jamboree’s river site on April 8. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo