Northern Lights Qajaq Society-The Traditional Paddlers Gathering

2018 Gathering:

New this year “Qajaq Film Festival”

Get your Go-Pro on!  Bring us your best, your funniest, or your most dramatic qajaqing video clips for our first Film Festival.  As part of the evening presentation, we’ll view your video and present a special award for the crowd favorite. Paddling, rescues, rolling, it doesn’t matter how professional or not!  Videos should be short, 3 minutes or less, and in the appropriate format on a USB memory stick. Here’s your chance to start your career as a film maker. Show us your stuff, show us your failures, we’ll love you anyways.

10 Reasons to Join Us

1. What, you’ve got plans for September 13-16, 2018? (Event starts at NoonThursday)

2. Excite your romantic partner by explaining that you’ll return knowing new Greenlandic rope tricks.

3. Picture yourself among the happy traditional paddlers in the photo gallery from past Gatherings and imagine your sense of bliss if you were among them.

4. You’ll be joining us for our second year at the Parker Scout Reservation, on beautiful North Long Lake, in Merrifield, MN.

5. See and paddle Minnesota’s largest collection of hand-made, skin-on-frame kayaks. Experience the feel of paddling one of Qajaq USA’s midwest fleet replicas.

6. Watch your loved ones’ faces light with joy when you explain that you’re paying good money to hang upside down in a kayak for hours.

7. Spend quality time with special guest mentors and our delightful cast of local mentors. They will be sure to give you a hand up when you need it!

8. Discuss your rolling technique with people who might possibly be interested.

9. Participate in west-central Minnesota’s premier harpoon contest and our third annual Skin-on-Frame rescues relay race.  Preceeded of course by our own version of opening ceremonies!  The band continues to grow. This year we will provide you with the words and music so that you can sing along to “Qanga”, (in Greenlandic of course.)

10. Delight your family by bringing home hundreds of dollars of merchandise from our silent auction and raffle.