Every May Cambridge Bay celebrates the arrival of spring in a week long festival called The Omingmak Frolics. Omingmak means musk ox and their mascot is Ollie the Omingmak. Every year there is theme and this year was 'Itqaumaliurahuarniq: Memories in the Making." The festival starts off with a $10,000.00 bingo and then the fun begins with corporate challenges, circus camps for the kids, snow machine races, fashion shows, traditional games and the list goes on and on. I didn't attend many events this year but I will share some pictures with you of the ones that I did attend.
The kids were involved in a circus camp all week with Flyin' Bob who comes to Cambridge Bay every year since I have been here. I was impressed with the kids after the first lesson, I'm thinking that they return every year.
Tight rope walking
Learning how to master the unicycle
Wow! Look at him go
I enjoy attending the fashion show every year as there is always new clothing that they model. I am so impressed with the craftsmanship of the people of the Arctic and how they use different furs. Each region of the Arctic has their own style of clothes.
Typical clothing that they would wear when out on the land in the winter
Seal and beaded coat
Cambridge Bay is well known for their Mother Hubbard parkas
Love her kamiks (boots)
Another Mother Hubbard parka
They needed a male model so they pulled Derrick out of the audience
Even though there are events going on all week long the festival kick off to me is when the parade begins. The town shuts down on Friday afternoon while many people do the last minute prep work on their floats. You will see anything from kids bikes decorated, 4 wheelers, trucks and of course floats that businesses have entered. Our work did not enter this year but we were there in full force handing out our peppered char candy and toques.
Annie, myself, Alice & Donna handing out some goodies at the parade
One of the 'floats' from the parade
Ollie the Omingmak (musk ox) the mascot for the festival
Some of the cutest spectators
My beautiful friend Eva preparing herself to say the opening prayer
Our local Cadets always lead the way
Ollie is everywhere!
One of the circus students
Karen wearing her beautiful coat
Our Royal Family for the next year
On Saturday I took a break from editing pictures to spend the afternoon on the ice watching and taking pictures of the snow machine races and the street hockey games.
My little buddy - Elaine
Setting up for the races
The kids 120 races
Bessie came in second - love that she is wearing her traditional parka while racing
This is Gwen the winner of the Elder's 120 race.
They take over the mean machines after the kids race
The remaining are some highlights of the snow machine races.
I am writing this as I sit in our hotel room in Edmonton. We arrived this evening as we started our journey with Hannah. She is usually a really good traveller but when we arrived at the hotel she was pretty stressed and having seizures. She has settled nicely now and hopefully she will rest for the remaining of the night. Everyone is zonked out on the bed, including Craig, it's been a stressful day for us and I admit I had a bit of a breakdown while entering the plane in Cambridge Bay. We do not have an early flight tomorrow to Winnipeg, we will be able to sleep in a bit as long as the dogs let us.
Temperatures are supposed to be in the upper 20'c mark which is the perfect weather to spend outside with Hannah. She deserves to lay and walk in the green grass and just hang out with Granny (my mom). We will enjoy our next few days with her and make the best of the time we have together.