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"Silver smelt" gathered friends

The twelfth time on the ice of the Gulf of Sovetskaya Gavan was the festival contest "Silver Smelt"

For the twelfth time on the ice of the Gulf of Sovetskaya Gavan there was a festival competition "Silver smelt". This event, actually having the status of an international one, has long become a visiting card of the Soviet-Havana municipal district and has become popular with the Soviets and guests of the coast of the Tatar Strait.

"Silver smelt" gathered friends
Photo: Photo by Dina Zdorikova
And this year, despite the unfavorable forecasts of the weather forecasters, despite the perpetual wind, hundreds of ice-fishing fans and their fans, the guests of the festival-competition rushed to the area of ​​the city pier to become participants in a large-scale action called "Silver Smelt", the author and The permanent leader of which is Alexander Lukyanchuk.

29 teams-participants went to the solemn construction. Most of them represented enterprises and institutions, public organizations of the Soviet-Gavan district. But a lot of guests came to the Soghavan ice, among them Vaina neighbors, residents of the Nanaisky district and the regional center, representatives of the friendly Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), citizens of China and Uzbekistan, settled in Sovetskaya Gavan.

This year, before the beginning of the festival-competition, each participating team prepared a kind of “calling card”, in verses and prose, telling the organizers and rivals about itself in a short time. And the team of “Cash settlement center” LLC, called “Center Fishermen”, which participated in the “Silver Smelt” for the tenth time, dressed in Indian costumes and prepared an incendiary dance number in honor of this anniversary date.

"Silver smelt" has long acquired its own traditions. For one of these, for many years the festival-contest has been opened with ritual dance by representatives of indigenous peoples living on the coast of the Tatar Strait. This year, the members of the ensemble of ethnic dance and costume Anyaha Haji and Vyacheslav Korytov attracted fishing luck, once again trying on the image of a shaman.

With welcoming words addressed to the participants and guests
International Festival Competition, Chairman of the Legislative Duma of the Khabarovsk Territory Sergei Lugovskoy, who is one of the initiators of the event, as well as the head of the Soviet-Havana Municipal District, Yury Bukhryakov, Head of the Tourism and International Relations Department of the Tourism Authority of the Ministry of Culture of the Khabarovsk Territory Irina Struchkova, Government of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Permanent Representative of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) in the Far Eastern Federal District Georgy Nikonov.

The flags of the Khabarovsk Territory, the Soviet-Havana Municipal District, the city of Sovetskaya Gavan and the Republic of Sakha fluttered upward, and under the fireworks flare-up, the Silver Smelt-2017 was launched.

The main competition of the festival was allocated exactly one hour. After the signal of the rocket, the fishermen dropped the fishing rods into the holes, and the spectators froze in agonizing expectation: how many fish, sharply smelling of fresh cucumber, fall this year in a piggy bank "Silver smelt"? And the fans, not sparing the bundles, on the icy wind with the help of "chants", songs and dances supported their teams.

When the fishing competition was approaching the middle, a red flag of one of the jury members rose upwards, meaning that the first fish was caught. The member of the team "Young jamb" Alexei Kononin, representing the youth movement of "United Russia" - "Young Guard", pulled out a hole-belt from the hole.

A few more beldyug caught the bait of the contest participants, until, finally, the smelt scorched by the silver scales caught by Nikolai Larchenko, the representative of the MTS Bank team. For the remaining minutes before the end of the contest, Nikolai took five more scraps from the hole, one of which became the smallest, caught in this contest: its length was only 5 centimeters.

The largest fish caught Dmitry Devyatkin from the team "Black caviar" (OJSC "NC Alliance Gavanbunker"). He caught a copy of the beljudi in length reached 42 centimeters. And the last for the time allotted for the competition, the fish was caught by the representative of the team "Nanai rudd" Yuri Bezmutko.

The grand total of "Silver Smelt - 2017" - 16 fish specimens.

Putting aside the fishing rod, the fishermen took the ice-breakers in order to participate in the competition for the speed of drilling holes. The thickness of the ice in the designated area for this competition was about 1 meters 20 centimeters, and overcame its skillful fishermen for several tens of seconds. But the record was put again by Nikolai Larchenko, who drilled a hole for 20 seconds!

For the first time this year, in the framework of the "Silver Smelt", a competition was organized for the chefs "The Ear from Our Smelt". The first 10 teams, registered to participate in the 12-m account of the festival competition, were given the right to compete in the culinary arts. They were given a minimum set of products needed to make soup, with a dozen smelt, firewood and pots, and they showed imagination, added unexpected ingredients for taste and cook sometimes.

Also, guests of the Silver Smelt-2017 were impressed by their chef talents and fantasy participants in the contest for the best fish dish. Sea landscapes, mermaids, tsar-fish, Indian wigwams and even a map of the region with the "Far Eastern hectares" labeled on it riveted the views of spectators and jury members who were to assess the taste qualities of these culinary arts.

Not only the members of the jury, who evaluated the taste of the soup from our smelt, but all the guests of the festival, could scam hot soup from the Sovgavan fish. Fragrant smoke attracted the field kitchen, in which the representative of the local museum of the name of N.Koshnyak Svetlana Yatsenko and the representative of the cultural and information center of the village of Zavety Ilyich Yevgeny Petrov cooked the soup for everyone. For the delightfully smelling ears, a whole line lined up! Here you can keep warm with hot tea.

Meanwhile, the competitive program continued on the main site of the festival. "Mini Miss" Silver Smelt "and" Miss "Silver Smelt" - this competition for both young and adult representatives of the fair half of the festival participants.

Young beauties who represented their teams at the contest, there were four. The girls dressed in bright costumes, each in a cheerful poetic form told about herself. In the general defile, they demonstrated their bright outfits.

Then, not without the help of men, they had to ride in winter sleigh faster than the other participants. Despite the strongest wind and gloomy sky, the audience was loudly ill for the young participants, with applause and with amicable laughter, encouraging the girls. Note that none of the participants did not leave the race, and all the girls adequately coped with other stages of the contest.

The adult participants in the contest "Miss" Silver Smelt "were twice as many - eight people. All of them could quite participate in the costume ball: the outfit of each was interesting and original. Of course, the main motif of the costumes remained marine, but in the images of some pretenders to the crown of the beauty queen incarnated and the Indian princess, and a brave fisherman.

Like the young "Miss", the adult participants creatively presented their competitive image. In the course went and dancing on the ice, and songs, and small theatrical scenes, and even pantomime. The audience especially liked the duet of the fisherman and the fish they caught - the girls played their roles so artistically. Another participant held a dance flash mob with spectators and contestants - such charging was at the right time on the strengthening wind.

Throwing frozen fish is another test of competition. Under the hum of the crowd, the girls tried to throw the sea trophy as far as possible. Perhaps the most difficult for the contestants was the last test: a speedy ride on “adult” winter sleds — a high cart with a steering wheel, a horn and a fake pedal. The girls took turns climbing the “throne” moving on the blades, horned their start, and the two men supporting the sledge on the sides helped the participants to gain speed and not lose their balance in turns. This was the most difficult contest: several times the sled almost overturned, but thanks to the vigilance of men, the falls were avoided!
But all competitions are held, football battles have come to an end on the ice field,

and the teams lined up for the awards ceremony. Commemorative prizes, souvenir medals framed with dried smelt, diplomas and pies were presented to all the teams participating in the festival by Y. Bukhryakov, head of the Soviet-Gavansky Municipal District, A. Fakiro, Chairman of the Assembly of Deputies of the Municipal District, V. Kondratyev, President of the Silver Smelt Competition Jury .
The undisputed winner of 12 in the account of "Silver Smelt" for six smelt caught during the hour of smelt was the team of "MTS-Bank" composed of Nikolai Larchenko and Oleg Aleksandrov. In addition, the same team was awarded prizes for the species diversity of the caught fish, for the smallest caught specimen, for winning the competition for the speed of drilling holes.

The results of the competition "The Ear from Our Smelt" was announced by the Chairman of the Legislative Duma of the Khabarovsk Territory S. Lugovskaya. In the nomination "The Fastest Ear" the team of X-ray "Royal Rorquals" won, in the nomination "The most original ear" - the team "Khabarovsk sturgeons", in the nomination "The most delicious ear" - the team of LLC Pollux. By the way, the Pollux team won the mini-football tournament.

In the competition of fish dishes, the Center Fishermen team won the first place with the culinary masterpiece Valley of Dreams. In addition, the RCC team won the chants contest. The title of “Mini-miss“ Silver smelt ”went to Katya Terekhova, the young representative of the Center Fishermen team, Nika Apoleeva from the Mayskaya GRES team took second place, the third was Natasha Konoplyanko, the representative of the Sagdy Akku team, and the fourth - Anna Savulyak from the Black Caviar team. The title “Miss Silver Smelt - 2017” by decision of the jury members was also awarded to the representative of the Cash Settlement Center team Zhanna Koneyevich, second place went to Anna Murzina (“Young School”), third - Yana Igisheva (“Royal Asians”). Representatives of the Government of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) presented Jeanne Koneevich as a gift for winning the contest a real diamond!

"Silver smelt - 2017" remained in history. See you on the ice of the Gulf of Sovetskaya Gavan in a year, at 13-th on the account and, we hope, happy "Silver smelt"!

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