In some ways, NYO Games Alaska is like many extramural high school or junior high sporting events around the US - teams come together in small schools, the athletes compete in regional events and this weekend's activities are like a State championship.
A common theme that might set this event apart is the overwhelmingly congenial attitude of comradery the athletes have not only for fellow teammates, but also for competitors from across the land.
NYO Fan Christopher took his family to the Games - he says his daughter is a bit star-struck that social media singing sensation Byron Nicholai was performing.
NYO is a large event - many of the people to keep it running smoothly volunteer - Mercedes Brown is one of the volunteers who, after years of attending, decided to join as a volunteer.
As is apparently often the case, volunteers and participants often continue helping the NYO Games continue, by moving into leadership roles such as coaching and Officiating - such as David Thomas, one of the judges in the events this year.