Inuvik’s fire department is staffed by volunteers. About 30 people are part of the agency, which has some great camaraderie. Most of the volunteers don’t have jobs in emergency services; they can be called from their jobs or beds at any time when a fire happens.
The Firefighters’ Ball is Inuvik’s way of saying thanks. Every year the department throws a bash. There’s a Rookie of the Year Award as well as the Boner of the Year Award for the biggest on-the-job mistake.
The firefighters also recognize a firefighter of the year. The ball has a theme and this year it was “Outer Space.”
As you can see, pop-culture is everywhere. We have common heroes, villains, characters, icons and people love to dress for an occasion!
Here’s one last shot from the jamboree: Fans watching the snowmobiles at high speeds on the frozen Mackenzie River and Boot Lake.
Here are some outdoor photos from the Muskrat Jamboree. It’s a wonderful time of year, which features games such as:
-Tea boiling contest: (Fastest to build a fire and make tea)
-Nail driving contest (Who’s the fastest carpenter?)
Pictured above: Fun and games at a community feast, featuring the Inuvik Drummers and Dancers.
Last photo is beluga whale Muktuk which is served with BBQ sauce.
Just a reminder to everyone: Tuktoyaktuk has a jamboree coming up this weekend, and the hamlet has decreed it will be a family event with no alcohol.
Pretty serious fines here, so be advised!