The hunt for South Slave festival royalty is on.

The 2021 K’amba Carnival is scheduled for March 1 to 7.

“K’amba is good to go,” a Feb. 10 post on the festival’s Facebook page reads. “Due to COVID restrictions we have made modifications to our events as we need to follow rules.”
The K’atlodeeche First Nation event’s organizing committee is looking for volunteers to help run the events, which are spread out over the week in order to control the size of the crowds. A list posted to the Facebook page includes:

  • A parade
  • scavenger hunt
  • snow sculpture (family)
  • video submitted talent show (youth and adult)
  • fishing derby
  • fish eating (live)
  • youth and adult outdoor events (maximum 50 people in area)
  • dog races (max 50 people)
  • moose and goose call (video submitted)
  • radio bingo
  • poker derby (1 person only)

Those interested in volunteering for the K’amba Carnival can message organizers via the Facebook page

Organizers are also on the hunt for a carnival queen, prince and princess. The age range for prince and princess has been expanded to allow children aged three to 12 (usually it’s capped at six years old).

The queen competition is for 13- to 18-year-olds. Phone Jamie Heron at 867-876-3579 to enter.

When he took over as festival chair last year, Aaron Tambour said he was drawn to the tradition of the festival, which has run yearly since 1983.

“I just don’t want to see it fade away, because it’s tradition,” he said. “We’ve been going to carnival ever since we were kids. I’d hate to see it just fade away because nobody is stepping up to help out with it.”

Craig Gilbert

Craig is an award-winning journalist who has worked in Ontario, the Northwest Territories, British Columbia and Alberta. He should be at least six feet away from you at all times.

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