Alaska Marks Second Annual Wild Salmon Day

Alaska will celebrate Wild Salmon Day on August 10, with free salmon chowder and barbecues, music, community art projects, salmon dip competition, fisher poetry and games.

Meanwhile select restaurants in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Sitka and Juneau are featuring wild Alaska salmon entrees on their menus to celebrate the impact of wild salmon on nearly all of the state’s residents.

A complimentary evening barbecue at Cuddy Family Midtown Park in Anchorage will serve up salmon provided by Northline Seafoods and Sitka Salmon Shares and showcase multiple entertainment opportunities.

The Sitka Conservation Society will host a special screening of the film “The Salmon Forest” at the Mean Queen restaurant in Sitka , while in Soldotna, on the Kenai Peninsula, Cook Inletkeeper will offer up free salmon chowder, along with live music and fish poetry.

Bristol Bay Native Association is hosting a community barbecue in Dillingham, along with a salmon dip competition and salon delicacy contest.

At Talkeetna, along the Alaska railbelt, the Susitna River Coalition is planning a sampling of wild Susitna River salmon, as well as Susitna River cleanup, a salmon obstacle course for kids, in addition to games, and arts and crafts for all ages.

Wild Salmon Day was established a year ago when Gov. Bill Walker signed legislation creating the state’s latest holiday. The legislation, said Walker, “is intended to celebrate these uniquely Alaskan ways of life, and share our appreciation for wild Alaskan salmon with the rest of the world.

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