Clarissa Tall of Chevak was crowned the 2013 Miss Cama-i at the Cama-i Dance Festival Saturday. The 22-year-old was on hand Sunday to help present awards to several men who accomplished something special this year.
Brought onto stage were three mushers and two Iron Dog snow machine racers. Pete Kaiser of Bethel and Michael Williams Jr. of Akiak were recognized for their continued achievements in long-distance racing. They both ran successful Iditarod races for the third time this year. Steven Boney and Gux Laraux, both of Bethel, were recognized for twice racing the Iron Dog, the longest snow machine race in the world. They were all given plaques for their achievements and recognized for being role models and for their support of suicide prevention.
Then, Mike Williams Sr. of Akiak was honored as Man of the Year, which is taking the place of the Mr. Cama-i contest. Williams Sr., who is 62-years-old, has mushed for sobriety for decades, finishing the Iditarod 15 times, including this year.
Not present on stage was Richie Diehl of Aniak who is also being recognized by Cama-i for serving as a regional role model through his long distance mushing.