Competitive action got underway with a preliminary round of women's blanket toss. Judges asked the audience for dozens of assistants to help pull the blanket that launches the competitor into the air. Nick Hanson, of Unalakleet, a competitor on NBC's "American Ninja Warrior" obstacle competition show, gave the crowd a demonstration, doing flips in the air.
The first day of WEIO ended with the finals in the four man carry event. In this strength contest, athletes carry four volunteers, who each weigh about 150 pounds, for distance around the court. Matthew Sido Evans, who holds the WEIO record in the event, took home the top prize again this year. Hear from Evans, and get a glimpse of the action in this video.
A crowd packed a room to the side of the main arena at the Carlson Center for a competition of a different sort Thursday afternoon. Youngsters modeled fur and skin outfits during the Native baby regalia competition.
For Sharlane King, the tears of joy came when she could see it in writing. After results from the two-foot high kick were posted on the wall of the Carlson Center, King couldn't believe her name was at the top.
If the challenges of arm pull — a contest of raw head-to-head strength — weren't enough for WEIO athletes, many had one more thing on their minds Saturday. Young kids competed for their attention between rounds.