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Powwow at Pine Point runs through Sunday

The public is welcome to attend the family-friendly Pine Point Powwow, which starts Friday and runs through Sunday, at the powwow grounds near Ponsford.

Drummers, dancers, and onlookers all are welcome to attend this year's Pine Point Traditional Pow Wow, which opened Friday at the powwow grounds, just half a mile west of Pine Point School in Ponsford.

The festivities continue through Sunday and this year's event promises to be bigger than ever.

"Last year was the most dancers we've ever had," Spiritual Advisor Mike Swan said. "It was a great powwow. We expect it to get bigger this year."

Events begin at noon on Friday with the annual Rez dog show, followed by a Demo Derby at 5 p.m.

Saturday starts early with a 5k Run/Walk dedicated in memoriam to spiritual elder Joe Bush, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. The day's flag-raising will take place at 10 a.m., and there will be a feast at 5. Grand entry will be at both 1 and 7 p.m.

Sunday continues with a flag-raising at 10, the Rez car parade at 11, grand entry at 1, and a final meal to be received at payout.

Singing and dancing will run through all three days of the powwow. Native food and craft booths will be set up for the course of the weekend, and there will be a princess and brave contest, as well.

Organizers for Pine Point's powwow are also putting together a remembrance for those killed in the Fourth of July car crash on Highway 37.

Mickey Hodges will be emcee for the powwow, Smokey Hills will serve as the host drum, and the arena director will be Butch Roberts.

Family flags are welcome for the weekend; drugs, alcohol and colors, however, are not allowed at the powwow, which will focus on community and family.

Camping areas and showering facilities will be available, but it is recommended that attendees bring their own chairs. The powwow is entirely free and open to the public.

To contact Swan for more information, call 218-573-2154 or 218-573-3007.