Vernon and North Okanagan
Lumby wild salmon festival Sept. 6 and 7
Sep 1, 2013 / 7:14 am
The date has changed, but the festivities are the same.
The Fourth Annual Wild Salmon Festival will be held September 6 and 7 in Lumby’s Community Park again this year. Held previously in July, organizers feel the September date is more timely with the returning salmon and as families are back from summer holidays.
The Festival features an eclectic array of musical performances, kids activities, vendors, food including a wild salmon dinner, workshops, salmon presentations, dignitaries, the salmon trail walk, and more.
This year’s headliners are several of the Okanagan’s hottest acts: The Young’uns, on Friday night, and High Voltage, an AC/DC tribute band on Saturday night. Many other performers are also lined up from around the Okanagan including the Floyd Vedan Band, Wheelhouse, Gallon’s Corner, The Mable Lickers, The Handles, Adrenalin Rush and more. The event runs Friday 5 pm – midnight and Saturday Noon to Midnight. Tickets are just $10 if bought before August 31 or $20 beginning September 1. Tickets are available online www.WildSalmonFest.com or at the Village Gallery in Lumby.
Festival producer, Randy Rauck says, “We hope the community will get behind this Festival. Wild salmon have a history in our valley and this Festival aims to raise awareness about returning them to our streams and rivers for spawning above the Shuswap River’s Wilsey dam. By attending, volunteering, or making a donation, it all helps to make the Festival possible and support local wild salmon.”
The Wild Salmon Festival creates awareness about our local wild salmon and the goal to build a fish passage around Wilsey Dam on the Shuswap River near Lumby which would enable the Chinook, Sockeye and Coho salmon to access 30 kilometres of pristine spawning area above the dam towards Cherryville. The Wilsey Dam was constructed in 1929 by the West Canadian Hydro Electric Corporation (which later became part of BC Hydro), with the recommendation that a fish passage be constructed then.
Historically, these spawning grounds were an important spiritual and cultural site. Okanagan Nation Grand Chief Stewart Phillip has said: “We want to see the salmon and the habitats restored so we can enjoy a healthy fishery once again.” The dam turbines at Shuswap Falls provided power to most of the North Okanagan area in past times.
Festival organizers appreciate the support of the Monashee Arts Council, White Valley Parks Recreation and Culture, the Village of Lumby, and all of the sponsors and volunteers.
Read more Vernon / N. Okanagan News
- The Grinch breaks into the Vernon SPCA Dec 17
- Land transfer to the City of Vernon Dec 15
- Give the gift of quality health care Dec 14
- Amazing Grace a special needs dog Dec 13
- Teacher arrested for child porn Dec 13
- Silver Star's own 'Running of the Bulls' Dec 11
- Hwy. 1 reopens near Salmon Arm Dec 10