Omingmak Frolics start this week in Cambridge Bay
Organizers hope for snow amidst unseasonably warm weather
People in Cambridge Bay plan to knock themselves out this week at the town’s annual Omingmak Frolics.
The volunteer-organized festival, which includes many traditional and cultural activities, kicks off May 17, and winds up a week later during the evening of May 24.
The schedule includes contests for all ages and tastes, including a fish filleting competition and snowmobile races, as well as performances by local musicians and a parade down the main street of town.
The only concern, organizers say, is that there many not be as much snow as usual, due to the unseasonably warm temperatures of this spring.
Those lucky enough to be in Cambridge Bay during the festival will also be able to get a souvenir photo with its mascot, Ollie the Omingmak, in exchange for a donation to the Wellness Centre’s food bank.
The week-long Omingmak frolics include:
• an Arctic sports competition whose winners will receive gold, silver or bronze medals;
• a hockey tournament on sea ice rink;
• snowmobile races;
• a movie night featuring the film Avatar for teens;
• a ping-pong tournament;
• a fishing derby;
• filleting contest to see how quickly competitors can fillet a fish;
• performances by the Ualiningmiutun Numiqtit drummers and dancers, followed by an elder’s demonstration;
• an amateur talent show and “King and Queen” competition;
• seal and wolverine skinning with the Kitikmeot Heritage Society’s elder instructors.
• television-inspired events, including a “Family Feud” contest, and a “Last Ikaluktutiakmiut Standing” contest, previously known as Fright Factor, to test participants’ endurance and “yuck” factor; and,
• Performances by local performers Joe and Ashley Otokiak, Dorcas Evalik and David Evalik, siblings Harry and Kitty Etegik and the Emo band, drummers Mary and Tommy Kilaodluk, and Kugluktuk fiddlers Colin and Gustin Adjun.
A country foods community feast sponsored by the Kitikmeot Inuit Association, Newmont, Sabina Gold & Silver and Nasittuq Corporation on Saturday, May 22, at Kiilinik High School from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
There will also be a “cook-off” contest sponsored by Hamlet of Cambridge Bay on May 24. To enter, cooks can bring a large pot of their favourite recipe and a ladle for serving to the Luke Novoligak Community Hall, where cash prizes will be awarded in the categories of best soup, best stew, best chili, and best bannock.
Download the 2010 Omingmak Frolics program.