Salmon Festival fun

The whole family will have a good time at the annual Salmon Festival.

The 20th anniversary of the Trinity River Salmon Festival, celebrating return of the salmon, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in Weaverville. This celebration is located on the meadow at the Highland Arts Center, 691 Main St.

The festival opens with a traditional Native American blessing by members of the Nor-Rel-Muk Wintu Nation.

Among the schedule line-up will be the visiting Animal Show from Turtle Bay Exploration Park featuring native animals; tribal drumming to welcome the fish back; and the return of the giant inflatable salmon tent. The Trinity River Restoration Program will have interactive booths with quizzes and prize giveaways, and the U.S. Forest Service and Trinity County Resource Conservation District will have information booths with crafts for kids of all ages, including salmon printing.

Music will be provided by Philosopher’s Tone, Don Hall, and the Conrad Gulch Ramblers.

Salmon cooked traditional style, over a fire pit by tribal members, will be available along with other tasty foods. The festival will also host various vendors and entertainment throughout the day. There will even be a Raku pottery firing happening in back by the art studios.

This year the Salmon Festival will be part of Super Saturday, with Artists in Acton happening in the Historic District on Main Street, and the Dutch Oven Cook-off taking place at the Jake Jackson Museum just across from the Highland Art Center.

Interested vendors should contact the Trinity County Chamber of Commerce, at 623- 6101, to reserve a space. Natural resource agencies and nonprofit organizations should contact Elizabeth at the Trinity County RCD at 623-6004 if interested in participating.

Sponsors of this event include Trinity River Restoration Program, Trinity Chamber of Commerce, Trinity County Arts Council, Trinity County Resource Conservation District, and many generous volunteers, including members of the esteemed California Conservation Corps.

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