Another Jamboree is resuming its spring forward, as officials announced the Mad Trapper Rendezvous has received approval to run from April 2 to 5 in Aklavik.

Face coverings will be required for any and all events occurring during the four-day extravaganza, which is also being touted as an alcohol and drug free event.

A map of the snowmobile race route for the Mad Trapper Rendezvous provided in a Facebook announcement. Snowmobilers will be required to wear helmets.
Photo courtesy Hamlet of Aklavik.

Snowmobile races will be held April 2, with registration opening at 1 p.m. and the races kicking off at 2 p.m. There will be four races this year — Men’s Open Class 30 miles cross country, Women’s Open Class 20 miles cross country, Men’s 600 and under cross country and Women’s 600 and under cross country. Entry for Open class races is $100 and entry for the 600 and under class races is $50.

A grand prize of $1,500 is being offered for first place in the Men’s Open 30, with a $1,000 grand prize for first place in the Women’s Open 20. Both 600 and under races have a top prize of $500.

Giant Radio Bing will be held the night of April 2, hosted on 106.9 FM. A full card jackpot is worth $5,000.

There will be many more races held April 3, starting with the Mixed Toboggan pull at 1 p.m. Man and women’s foot races will follow, with elder’s foot races and piggy back races shortly afterwards. A mixed egg throw and elder’s egg throw will also be held, as well as nail driving events for both mixed and elders, an egg and spoon race and 700 and under track races for men and women.

A virtual talent show will be hosted on FM 106.9 and on Facebook live from the Sittichinli Complex at 7 p.m. April 3. Entry is open to anyone 16 years or older. Contestants will be asked to perform two songs each. Grand prize is $700.

More games are scheduled for April 4, with mixed Ice Chiseling kicking off the festivities at 1 p.m. and Elders mixed Ice chiselling to follow. Elders and mixed tea boiling contests will follow and the festivities will be wrapped up with the Bun Bun Arey Open class women’s track race, which is open for registration until 4 p.m. and the race starting at 5 p.m. First place for the race is a whopping $2,500, with $2,000 for second and $1,500 for third.

Because of Covid-19 restrictions, the Jigging contest will also be held digitally. There will be three categories – 16 to 30 years old, 31 to 49 years old and 50 and over. First prize for the best jigger of each category is $300. To register, contact Faye at 620-0112.

Eric Bowling

Breaking News Reporter and Digital Editor for NNSL, Eric operates out of Inuvik in the Beaufort Delta. He's four years into his Northern adventure and is eager to learn more about life in the Arctic Circle....

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