Barrow whoops it up



Barrow, Alaska’s 4,500 residents were out earlier this month for their 22nd annual Piuraagiaqta Spring Festival, which included a parade through the community’s streets.

The festival’s theme was “Let’s go whaling.” One truck was decorated with a model bowhead at the front fender and an umiaq on the top of the cab.

A parade participant threw a plastic bag of mattak to the crowd, reported the Anchorage Daily News.

The festival kicked off with a three-day scavenger hunt, where teams of three have to search around town for various items. A tug-of-war between Inupiat women and non-native men was scheduled on an ice-covered lagoon, but the event turned out to be a bust when only one man showed up, said the ADN.

Other events included a walking tour of the “Farthest North Scale Model of the Solar System,” which runs more than a kilometer from a three-foot sun out to Pluto.

Ice golf, harpoon throwing contest and ice bowling with frozen chickens were also on the festival agenda.

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