History of the Festival continued!

In 1972, Carole Keddy as named as the chair, Susan Donald was named as Miss Yukon Sourdough and Chappie & Mattie Chapman of Watson Lake were named as Mr. & Mrs. Yukon. Colourful musher Paul Ben Kassi of Old Crow is a victim of drowning and he and his team is missing from this year’s races after being a part of them since 1965. 1972 is the first year the Rendezvous Queen wore the Sourdough Rendezvous Queen’s Gold Nugget Necklace, donated by Miners of Dawson City. This was the first year that the Canadian Forces Naden 40 member band featured during the festival, and a Broomball tournament was added to the festival that year.


WEATHER STATS: LOW: -36.7 on February 26th, HIGH -9.4c on February 24th


In 1973, Pat Kennedy as named as the chair, Evelyn Kelsey of Faro was named as Miss Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous and Mr & Mrs Jack MacDonald were named Mr. & Mrs. Yukon. Colonel Sanders from KFC visited Rendezvous as the Guest of Honour, and this is the first year there was a Junior Rendezvous Queen contest. Gillian Campbell was a featured performer once again, and a new Flour Packing Contest record was set by Uwe Meyer who packed 800 pounds! As well a record was posted in the One Dog Pull, a tie at 1300 pounds by “Storm” (owned by George Washington) and “Duke” (owned by Gordon Erickson).


WEATHER STATS: LOW: -23.9 on February 23rd & 25th, HIGH +4.4c on February 20th


In 1974, Robert Dunlop as named as the chair, Phyllis Brennan was named as Miss Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous and David and Rosie Johnston were named Mr. & Mrs. Yukon. New to the festival in 1974 was the Whipsaw Contest and the Armed Forces Snowbirds presented a flying display. Also featured was the Chilkoot Climb, Frantic Follies, and the Tabletop Hockey Tournament.


WEATHER STATS: LOW: -34.4c on February 28th, HIGH -0.6c on March 3rd


In 1975, Vic Hoy was named as the chair, Kathy Horton was named as Miss Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous and G.I and Martha Cameron were named Mr. & Mrs. Yukon. New to the festival was the Horseshoe Pitch, Fun Fair & Barn Dance, Pizza Eating Contest, Beer Drinking Contest, the Souvenir Rendezvous Dollar, Snowshoe Obstacle, 3-legged and backwards races. Uwe Meyer set another Flour Packing Record, packing 850 pounds, and Mary Simpson won the Women’s Flour Packing – packing 500 pounds. “Duke” (St. Bernard owned by Gordon Erickson) set a one dog pull record with 1800 pounds pulled!


WEATHER STATS: LOW: -17.8c on February 24th, HIGH +2.8c on February 26th


For 1976, we do not have a record as to who was chair, however Linda Church was named as Miss Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous and Walter & Leta Israel were named as Mr. & Mrs. Yukon. CBC Performer, Gordie Tapp makes an appearance at the festival as do the Amouak Dancers from Fairbanks, sponsored by the Skookum Jim Hall. As well, a little event called “Spruce Bog” makes an appearance at the festival.


WEATHER STATS: LOW: -35.6c on February 28th, HIGH -5.0c on February 23rd


In 1977, Arnie Kidner was named as the chair, Adele (Maruk) Mole was named as Miss Yukon Sourdough, and Rene and Mary Burian were named as Mr. & Mrs. Yukon. It is likely that 1977 will be remembered as the year of the canoe races on the Yukon River as a result of the warmest Rendezvous ever. The race ran from the Whitehorse Dam to the Robert Campbell Bridge. Woman’s Flour Packing winner was Janeane MacGillivray at 490 pounds, and the Men’s Flour Packing Record was broken and reset at 840 pounds by Bob Jackson.


WEATHER STATS: LOW: -14.8c on February 26th, HIGH +3.4c on February 21st


In 1978, Ted Staffen (future MLA and Speaker of the Yukon Legislative Assembly) was named as the chair, Marie Chouinard was named as Miss Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous, and Eino & Margaret Hill were named as Mr. & Mrs. Yukon. The Rendezvous Folk Show and Mad Trapper Competition made their debuts at the ’78 Festival as did a piece of safety equipment that is still used today – the Flour Packing Gantry! Speaking of Flour Packing, the Women’s Flour Packing record was set at 500 pounds by Barbara Eaking of Juneau.


Four Dawson mushers drove their teams all the way from Dawson City. It was a trip of 460 miles and it took Jean Legare, Tim Berberding, Cor Guimond and James Bouton a full and grueling 20 days to make the trip down the Yukon River. Women’s flour packing record set at 500 pounds by Barbara Eaking of Juneau


WEATHER STATS: LOW: -19.1c on February 26th, HIGH +3.3c on February 20th


In 1979, Dave Griffiths was named as the chair, Debbie Kerr was named as Miss Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous and Bob & Zoe Cousins were named as Mr. & Mrs. Yukon. Dr. Bundolo’s Pandemonium Medicine Show from CBC Radio taped in Whitehorse. New events included a Backgammon Tournament, Toboggan Race, Leg Wrestling, the Great Yukon T-Shirt Exposition, Savoy Slide Show of Past Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous, Celebrity Auction, United Church Women’s Luncheon and Fashion Show, Dart Competition, Craft Show, and a Sky Diving Exhibition. The Flour Packing records were reset again in 1979 as Larry Patenode carried 900 pounds for the men’s and Heather Cook carried 600 pounds for the women’s.


WEATHER STATS: LOW: -38.3c on February 24th, HIGH -15.4c on February 24th

In 1980, Ian Bladon was named as the chair, Debby Lethbridge was named as Miss Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous and Jack & Mary McDiarmid were named as Mr. & Mrs. Yukon. New events included Arm Wrestling, Civic Dinner, Helicopter Rides, MacAuley Lodge Tea, Carlton Show Band, Log Cabin Building, Madam Trapper, Swede Sawing, and the Hanky Panky Dog Race. The Women’s Flour Packing Contest record was taken by Heather Cook of Fort Nelson as she carried 660 pounds (300kg).


WEATHER STATS: LOW: -25.7c on February 18th, HIGH +0.6c on February 24th


In 1981, Bob Iwanicki was named as the chair, Susan Kingswell was named as Miss Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous and Jack & Wilma Brewster were named as Mr. & Mrs. Yukon. New to the Festival – Hairy Leg Contest, Roaring Rendezvous Revue, and Trap Setting.


The Arm wrestling competition this year was officially sanctioned by the Canadian Arm Wrestling Association, and this was the first documented year that the Keystone Kops are nabbing garterless women too.


Jack Hulland School students create banners for the lights on Main Street. Champion Fiddler and CBC Personality Al Cherny appears at the Fiddle Contest, and the women’s Flour Packing record was broken by Joan McKinnon who packed 621 pounds for 35 feet!


WEATHER STATS: LOW: -22.5c on February 24th, HIGH +2.0c on March 1st

For 1982 we do not have the name of the festival chair, however we do know that Wendy Nelson was named as Miss Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous and Ed & Irene Whitehouse are named as Mr. & Mrs. Yukon.


This is the year that the Corporate Challenge makes its debut and a new flour packing record is set for the men with Bob Jackson carrying 926 pounds!


WEATHER STATS: LOW: -39.7c on February 28th, HIGH -12.2c on February 19th


In 1983, Fred Jennex was named as the chair, Donna Sippel was named as Miss Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous and Laurent & Corrine Cyr are named as Mr. & Mrs. Yukon. John Allen Cameron appears at the Fiddle Show for CBC.


New to Festival – Tobacco Spittin’, Chainsaw Chucking, Br R’Vous, Bartender Race, Taku Bottle-Walk, Home Brew Contest, The Trapdoor Society - Male Can Can Line ( Kapital Kickers)


WEATHER STATS: LOW: -18.5c on February 22nd, HIGH +4.8c on February 24th


In 1984, Kees Ruurs was named as the chair, Sharon Greenway was named as Miss Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous and Len & Lillian Usher are named as Mr. & Mrs. Yukon.


New to the Festival – Family Dance, Chili Bake-off, Bum Bum Revue, Air Show , Sourdough Bread Bake-off, CBC Mosaic Story Telling Contest, Cooking Contest, Train Pull, Olympic Volleyball, Sugar Shack


Canada’s National Men’s Volleyball Team which will compete at the 1984 L.A. Olympic Games played an exhibition match. Comedian Charlie Hill makes an appearance at the Festival. Band East Coast Rider performs during Rendezvous. This is also the first record of the Sugar Shack making an appearance at the festival.


WEATHER STATS: LOW: -17.6c on February 25th, HIGH +4.9c on March 2nd


In 1985, Kees Ruurs continued as chair of the festival, Frances Harach was named as Miss Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous, and Will & Irene Crayford are named as Mr. & Mrs. Yukon. New to Festival – Mimicking Musical.


WEATHER STATS: LOW: -32.7c on February 16th, HIGH -10.1c on February 16th


In 1986, Jean Des Lauriers was named as chair of the festival, Katie Hopkins was named as Miss Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous, and Charlie & Betty Taylor were named as Mr. & Mrs. Yukon.


YSR has more than 100 events this year, 85% of which have no admission fee and are geared for all ages. Rock bands Sudden Impact and Perfect Strangers performing during the festival.


1986 was the introduction of the Snowshoe Can-Can dancers Lake Lebarge Marj and Rat River Mary. With that it was also the introduction of the Sourdough Sam Contest (Events- Potty Parade, Smooth Talking Sam, Kobassa Eating Contest, Hairy Leg Contest, Bare ‘N Boot Show, Glamour Goes North, Tall Tales, Jigging, Mix-it, Behind the 8-Ball, Knighting). Trapper’s Tenacious Ted (Mike Ivens) won the contest that year.


Also new to the festival - Crab Races, Crazy Curling, Ice & Snow Sculpture, Cabin Fever Cabaret, Kobassa Contest, Radio-Tall Tales, Ragtime Piano Contest, Scavenger Hunt, Scrabble Tournament, School Challenge, Tug-A-Truck, Festival Kick-Off Music Jam, Gold Panning Competition.


WEATHER STATS: LOW: -31.2c on February 23rd, HIGH +5.1c on February 27th


In 1987, Trevor McKeown was named as chair of the festival, Judy Jackson was named as Miss Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous, Jack & Agnes Andison were named as Mr. & Mrs. Yukon and Shane Dewald (Slipper Sternwheeler Stu) was named Sourdough Sam.


New to the Festival – Order of the Royal Purple Tea, Queen Dinner, Family Hotdogger Fun Night, Ragtime Piano/Banjo/Whistling, Horse & Buggy Rides, Rendezvous Fun Run, Celebrity & Fun Speed Skating Races, Over-the-line Baseball, Barstool on Skis Race, Barmaid Retaliation Race


WEATHER STATS: LOW: -21.6c on March 1st, HIGH +4.0c on February 24th


In 1988, Myrna Kingscote was named as chair of the festival, Leanne Brassard was named as Miss Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous, Edward & Elizabeth Karman were named Mr. & Mrs. Yukon and Glen Wreggit (Kaptain Kourageous) was named as Sourdough Sam.


WEATHER STATS: LOW: -24.5c on February 22nd, HIGH +5.3c on February 25th


THE 25th ANNIVERSARY! In 1989, Myrna Kingscote continued as chair of the festival, Christine O’Connor was named Miss Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous, Wally and Mary McCullaugh are named as Mr. & Mrs. Yukon, and Art Monk (Captain Capital) was named as Sourdough Sam. New to the festival was the Speed Chess Tournament and the Snow Bowl Challenge Cup.


WEATHER STATS: LOW: -27.1c on February 19th, HIGH +1.2c on February 22nd

In 1990, Myrna Kingscote continued as chair of the festival, Maxine Lindsay was named Miss Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous, Arthur and Muriel Privett were named Mr. & Mrs. Yukon, and Carl Baynes (Captain Capital) was named the Sourdough Sam. This was also the first recorded Spelling Bee happening during the festival.


WEATHER STATS: LOW: -35.5c on February 16th, HIGH -20.3c on February 26th


In 1991, Darren Trerice was named chair of the festival, Crystal Wood was named Miss Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous, Alfred & Letitia Tomlin were named Mr. & Mrs. Yukon, and Allen Evans (Prospecting Pioneer) was named Sourdough Sam. Richard Chippett sets a new men’s Flour Packing Contest record by carrying 1002 pounds for 44 feet!


New to Festival – Hot Air Balloon Rides, Hayrides, Mr & Mrs Yukon Ball, Family Synchronized Sing Mimicking Contest, Comedy Mill, Sasparilla Sisters, Trivia Grand Finals, Teen Airband Contest, Robert Service Festival, Car Stuffing Finals, Elementary School Challenge, MR. Mad/Madam Trapper, Pet Parade, Tea Boiling, Jigging, Smoosh Board, Great Yukon Tricycle Races, Egg Toss, Pie Eating, Northern Outdoors Challenge.


WEATHER STATS: LOW: -28.9c on February 21st, HIGH +4.3c on February 23rd


In 1992, Darren Trerice continued as chair of the festival, Lisa Mitchell was named Miss Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous, Orval & Helen Couch are named as Mr. & Mrs. Yukon, and a Sourdough Alumni Team (Capital Highwaymen) are named as Sourdough Sam (Don Irwin, Barney Roberge, Carl Baines, and Neil Regimbald).


This is the 50th Anniversary of the Alaska Highway, which sees a flurry of 1942 themed decorations and shows being featured, including the USO Tour Show and the Cordwood Road Challenge. Ma Fletcher the Rainbow Man performs during the Festival.


This is also the first year of the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous International Yukon River Goldrush Bath Tub Race – Whitehorse to Dawson City (approx. 460 miles) in August. Winners Al & Jason Rock of Whitehorse.


Record set for the warmest weather recorded at the festival.


WEATHER STATS: LOW: -32.4c on February 21st, HIGH +11.5c on February 26th


In 1993, Darren Trerice continued as chair of the festival, Britni Heebink was named Miss Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous, William & Winnie Atlin are named as Mr. & Mrs. Yukon, and Grant Pearson (Sternwheeler Stud) is named Sourdough Sam.


New to the festival were the Mad Rider Winter Mountain Bike Race, Triathalon, Ping Pong Drop, and the Turkey Shoot. This is also the first record of no dog races being run due to lack of funds.


WEATHER STATS: LOW: -27.1c on February 21st, HIGH +7.0c on February 27th


In 1994, Darren Trerice continued as chair of the festival, Brandy Vallevand was named Miss Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous, Les & Myrna Butterworth are named as Mr. & Mrs. Yukon, and Leon Meyn (Captain Hardrock) is named Sourdough Sam.


New to the Festival – Princess Contest, Karaoke Challenge, , Pillow Toss, Team Yukon Challenge, Pizza Eating Contest, Timbit Toss, Pooper Pull, Snowgolf, Snow Volleyball Tournament, Axe Toss


National media ascended upon the festival in 1994 when the society had a man run for Rendezvous Queen for the first time in festival history. Mr. Capital Hotel as he became known as wanted to draw attention to the contest and its importance to the territory. For his efforts he was named Mr. Congeniality for 1994.


Again, no dog races due to lack of funds.


Record set for lowest overnight temperatures ever during the festival.


WEATHER STATS: LOW: -40.5c on February 26th, HIGH -15.9c on February 27th


 

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