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Steveston Salmon Festival returns with a twist

By Matthew Cheung

Published 10:38 PDT, Tue June 21, 2022

Steveston Village will host the 75th annual Steveston Salmon Festival this year.

Having been hosted virtually for the last two years, the event returns in-person, with a twist. This year there will not be a parade, but the festival will be stretched out across a number of zones: Garry Point zone, Steveston Village zone, Steveston Community Centre zone, and Britannia zone.

There are two main goals for this year’s event, says Steveston Salmon Festival committee chair Alan Sakai.

"The first was to create a family-focused event that features a variety of accessible and inclusive activities,” he says. “The second was to reflect on the past 75 years of the festival, the spirit of Steveston, and the important role the fishing industry has and continues to play in the community.”

The Steveston Salmon Festival will run from June 25 through July 1. Activities include the 51st annual horticulture show, a Japanese culture show, the Pacific Rim Kite Festival, an art show, and a fun zone with a multitude of activities for children to participate in.

“A first-time Steveston Salmon Festival-goer can expect to see lots of families having fun outdoors. There will be plenty of great entertainment and delicious food from local vendors. We hope that people will get a chance to bump into neighbours, old and new, and that people will feel safe and comfortable gathering (for) this year’s in-person event,” says Sakai.

The main event will take place on Canada Day, July 1. It will feature live music, exhibitions, demonstrations, and a variety of food options.

There will also be volunteer opportunities available for those who want to help out with the festival. Volunteers will assist in the overall production of the event, and can also help through supporting the art show, info booth, video booth, children’s area, and more.

An in-person or online volunteer session will be provided. Volunteers can sign up at stevestonsalmonfest.ca/volunteer/

For more information, visit stevestonsalmonfest.ca/

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