Celebrate Juneau's maritime history, culture and commerce Sunday at Marine Park

The 4th Annual Juneau Maritime Festival, organized to celebrate Juneau’s maritime history, culture and commerce, will be held in Marine Park in downtown Juneau on Sunday, May 19 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

This year’s festival includes more than 100 activities, acts and exhibits including live music, sailboat rides, vessel tours, seafood, a boat show, hands-on kids activities and a silent auction.

Culinary competitions at the festival include the 2013 Wild Alaska Marinade Contest and, new this year, the Smokin’ Hot Smoked Salmon Dip Contest. In addition, the popular Fillet Contest is back for 2013 giving fishermen and other experts a stage to show off their talents. Contestants will fillet both a salmon and a rockfish and will be judged on speed, quality, and the amount of useable meat recovered.

Non-culinary competitions include the Fish Tote Race, where fish totes act as row boats on the Gastineau Channel, and the Cruise Line Tug o’ War competition.

Live music will include sets by Fire on McGinnis, Hillbilly Honeys, JAMM, Josh Lockhart Band and Slush Not Snow. Kids activities include boat building, a DIPAC touch tank, and sailboat rides.

Across the street, a Native artist market will be set up in Sealaska Plaza.

Festival organizers are still looking for volunteers and silent auction donations; contact 523-2300 or maritime@jedc.org to find out more.

The Juneau Economic Development Council promotes the Juneau Maritime Festival each year with the help of a group of local citizens and organizations. Sponsors include the The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Alaska Marine Lines, Sealaska and Haa Aaní, and individual contest sponsors Alaskan Brewing Co., The Southeast Alaska Fish Habitat Partnership, Southeast Beer Week, Glacier Seafood Co., and Taku Smokeries.

For more, visit www.juneaumaritimefestival.org.

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