FAIRBANKS – The 2014 Arctic Winter Games Opening Ceremonies took place before an enthusiastic crowd at the Carlson Center Sunday evening.

Representing nine northern contingents, about 2,000 athletes were welcomed by an arena full of cheering spectators. The opening ceremonies included brief remarks by Sen. Lisa Murkowski and performances by the musical group Pamyua and dance group Illaska Assassins. The North Pole High School choir performed the national anthems of all nine participating teams.

This year is the third time Fairbanks has hosted the international sporting event, which is expected to generate roughly $10 million in economic impact to the community. The event includes everything from winter sports like skiing and dog mushing to traditional Alaska Native games.

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