The past weekend’s unFURled event was a resounding success – proving there is still strong local support for the Yukon’s fur industry, organizers say.
More than 1,000 people visited the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre on Saturday to take part in the unFURled event.
It included interpretive displays, a photo exhibition, hands-on activities, crafting and a fur marketplace.
In just seven hours, more than $60,000 of fur pelts and products were sold, with the proceeds going directly to the trappers and artisans.
“As Yukoners, we should like fur, own fur and – most importantly – have a story to share about fur,” said Jason Van Fleet of the North Yukon Renewable Resources Council of Old Crow.
“This weekend was about that. About sharing our stories about fur and how it connects us to the land.”
The event ended with a special gala called the Fur Ball.
The sold-out event had locals walking the red carpet in their finest furs, dining on beaver tails prepared by the Yukon College’s culinary program, and dancing the night away with the Old Crow Jiggers and Ryan McNally’s band.
UnFURled is a partnership between the renewable resources council of Old Crow and the Yukon Trappers Association.
It was produced by Shot in the Dark Productions.
Funding came from the Renewable Resources Council Surplus Fund, Yukon Regional Economic Development and CanNor.
Organizers hope to stage the event every two years in co-ordination with the Dawson Fur Show.