Kake to host annual Dog Salmon Festival

Highlight to be Great Challenge of the Chums canoe race

Posted: Sunday, July 19, 2009

KAKE - Kake Tribal Corp.'s 15th annual Dog Salmon Festival will take place Saturday, July 25, in Kake. The annual festival was created to bring visitors to the village so residents can share their community with friends and family.

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Courtesy Of Peter Metcalfe
Courtesy Of Peter Metcalfe

"It is a unique event, the only one I know based on fish processing," said event volunteer Peter Metcalfe. "The event got its start as a community celebration of the first one millionth pound of seafood processed during the season."

This year, the celebration begins with a "Blessing of the Fleet." The barbecue picnic and dessert contest will follow. Everyone is invited to enter a favorite recipe.

In addition to seafood processing competitions such as the fish fillet contest and the herring toss, races will include a kids' race, men's and women's 5K race, Dignitary Race and the Fish Tote Race. There also will be line dancing and performance by the Keex' Kwaan Dancers.

The highlight of the day will be the Great Challenge of the Chums canoe race. Other events and entertainment will be added and announced in the next few weeks.

"This is a great opportunity for Juneau folk to visit a traditional Tlingit village," Metcalfe said. "In addition to all the festival activities, Kake has some of the best black bear viewing and photographic opportunities in Southeast Alaska."

A fast catamaran will be available for transportation from Juneau or Sitka. Round-trip by catamaran is $140. A special round-trip air fare offered by Wings of Alaska is $280 versus the normal $312.

For more information, call Carmel James at 907-785-4576 or at ktccjames@yahoo.com. James also will accept donations and contributions for the festival, which are greatly needed. Donations may be sent to Kake Dog Salmon Festival, Attn: Carmel James, P.O. Box 263, Kake, AK 99830.

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