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Steveston Salmon Festival expanding Canada Day program

By Don Fennell

Published 10:54 PDT, Fri May 24, 2019

After 74 years, the Steveston Salmon Festival is still growing.

The annual July 1 Canada Day celebration is extending from Britannia Shipyards to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, and encompassing its traditional home in Steveston Park.

Presented by Vancouver International Airport (YVR), the festival is a beloved Richmond tradition, says Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

Canadian rock legends 54-40 of Tsawwassen, post-punk icons from the early 1980s, whose radio hits include Ocean Pearl and I Go Blind, will headline the main stage presented by TD Bank. Vancouver’s Bend Sinister and Steveston staples Urban Myth and Line 49 will also perform.

The music continues on the Steveston Village’s nine stages with over 50 performances highlighting some of the best local talent.

Crowd favourites will also be back, including the region’s largest Canada Day parade which will be preceded by a children’s bicycle parade, as well as the traditional salmon barbecue and chow mein feast, the Japanese Cultural show, trade show and horticultural show.

Honouring the festival’s official mascot “Sammy the Salmon,” Sammy’s Fun Zone will feature carnival fun for the entire family, with a stage full of kid-friendly performances all day. And a car show will feature several of the Lower Mainland’s classic vintage autos, as well as a performance by Elvis.

Capping the day will be another long-standing tradition, as festival-goers gather at the waterfront to enjoy a fantastic fireworks show presented by Dueck GM.

The Steveston Salmon Festival is produced by the Richmond Agricultural and Industrial Society and the City of Richmond.

For the most up to date information visit the festival website.

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