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Northern Trappers' Festival

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The Trappers' Festival, held in The Pas during the third weekend of February annually, retains the flavour and celebrations of a diverse cultural heritage - the Northern Pioneer. The skills and entertainments enjoyed by the pioneers are brought to life in a week of events designed to generate sincere and genuine hospitality and friendship endemic to the North. The atmosphere of excitement, thrills and enthusiasm is experienced by competitor, participant and spectator alike. The major events of the Trappers' Festival continue to be the World Championship Dog Race and the King Trapper events. The Dog Races offer over $40,000.00 in prize money, and opportunities for all categories of musher. After a mass start in the mornings, the World Championship Dog Race is run in 35 mile heats over three days on farm land adjacent to a public highway which provides excellent access for spectators. The "hardware" for this race is the "Labatt Trophy", a beautifully engraved bronze plaque by renowned wildlife artist, Clarence Tillenius. The King Trapper events consist of contests based on the activities required for the life style, livelihood and survival of the trapper, including tree falling, wood cutting, wood splitting, canoe packing, flour packing, trap setting, muskrat skinning, tea boiling bannock baking, moose calling, goose calling, axe throwing. There are also contests for the youth and women based on the same theme.

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