Sagamok

Young boy from Sagamok Anishinawbek participating in the ‘pig catch’ game at the Sagamok Family Fun Day in Sagamok Anishinawbek on October14.

By Leslie Knibbs

SAGAMOK ANISHNAWBEK—Families in Sagamok Anishinawbek came in droves to enjoy Family Fun Day on October 14.

The day kicked off with a five dollar pancake breakfast fundraiser at the Multi-Educational Centre for the Little NHL. Other events throughout the day included potato sack races, a scavenger hunt and poker run, craft tables for children, a baked bean cook-off, a baking and canning contest, and a pig roast at 4:00 pm.

A successful fall harvest near Ritchie Lake Lodge the first week of October led to many community members sharing in the spoils of the hunt. Various cuts of frozen moose meat were distributed to families at the Family Fun Day. During the week from September 25 to October 1 this year, a group from Sagamok travelled north of Massey for the annual fall harvest hunt near Ritchie Falls Lodge. Five moose and one deer were harvested for the community. Throughout the harvest week, many school children made the trip to the hunt camp to learn more about the traditional harvest.

Communications officer Robert Porter hosted an archery contest attracting many participants to test their skill with the bow and arrow at “the turkey shoot.”A prize of a frozen turkey was given to those who hit the bullseye. While the archers were honing their skills, in a nearby field children took part in a fun game of ‘bubble soccer’. Others delighted in pony rides, face painting, a tie-dye workshop, or just plain having fun on a bouncy inflatable.

Perhaps the most fun was the ‘pig catch,’ a game where both young and old tried their hand at catching a small slightly greased piglet. With both the piglet and the ‘catcher’s’ hands covered in oil, this event had spectators young and old hooting and hollering with laughter while participants chased down the piglet.

The band Elijah and the Back Burners entertained those in the Centre in the late afternoon providing a good mix of country and rock and roll. All activities were hosted and sponsored by various organizations within Sagamok with much credit going to Robert Porter of the Communications Department for a successful and fun day. Late in the day, all community members enjoyed a fall harvest feast.