The opening ceremony of the Joensuu-Jukola got a festive start with the raising of the Jukola flag. The competition leader Arja Makkonen brought the greeting of Kalevan Rasti, the organizers of the event.
Chairman of the Joensuu City Board Seppo Eskelinen opened the 69th Jukola Relay and the 40th Venla Relay. Eskelinen welcomed the whole orienteering family and friends to the varied and challenging terrain of Harpatti in Eno.
Vicar Tapani Nuutinen closed the opening ceremony by blessing the event.