Fam­ily Friendly Fes­ti­val Cel­e­brates Chi­nook Salmon

Escalon Times - - NEWS -

For the ninth year, the Stanis­laus River Salmon Fes­ti­val will be hosted in Knights Ferry, with the event co­in­cid­ing with the peak mi­gra­tion of Chi­nook Salmon. Na­ture lovers, young and old, are en­cour­aged to at­tend the fes­ti­val at the Knights Ferry Recre­ation Area on Satur­day, Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice, Cal­i­for­nia De­part­ment of Fish and Wildlife, East Stanis­laus Re­source Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict, FISHBIO, and other lo­cal part­ners have come to­gether to pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity for the whole fam­ily to get out­doors and learn more about the di­verse re­sources of Stanis­laus County as well as the im­por­tance of pro­tect­ing them. The event is fo­cused on pro­vid­ing in­ter­ac­tive, hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren via ex­hibitors from lo­cal agriculture, state and fed­eral fish­eries agen­cies, and both for-profit and non-profit groups.

The event is a great op­por­tu­nity to learn more about salmon and steel­head, river restora­tion, agriculture, and wa­ter here in the area. The fes­ti­val will also fea­ture sev­eral fun ac­tiv­i­ties for adults and chil­dren in­clud­ing: live mu­sic, face paint­ing, fish print T-shirt de­signs, fly fish­ing demos, and na­tive an­i­mals. For those who en­joy great food, two lo­cal 4-H chap­ters and Knights Ferry School, along with the Oak­dale Lions Club, will again be serv­ing de­li­ciously pre­pared bar­beque lunches.

Last year, over 4000 peo­ple vis­ited the fes­ti­val as this is a great op­por­tu­nity to en­joy the out­doors with fam­ily and friends and learn about the re­gion’s di­verse re­sources. The pur­pose of the free, fam­ily-friendly out­door event is to ed­u­cate com­mu­nity mem­bers, es­pe­cially young peo­ple, by pro­mot­ing pro­tec­tion of river habi­tat for the Chi­nook salmon and steel­head.

At­ten­dees will also be able to pur­chase a Salmon Fes­ti­val 2017 Cal­en­dar fea­tur­ing art­work from lo­cal ele­men­tary and mid­dle school stu­dents for only $5. All pro­ceeds go to sup­port next year’s fes­ti­val.

Cal­en­dar sales, in ad­di­tion to sup­port from Oak­dale Ir­ri­ga­tion Dis­trict, Oak­dale Tourism and Vis­i­tors Bureau and the Stanis­laus County Fish and Wildlife Com­mit­tee con­tinue to al­low or­ga­niz­ers to make this a free fam­ily friendly event.

More in­for­ma­tion and art­work from pre­vi­ous cal­en­dars can be found on the Fes­ti­val Face­book page at: https://www.face­book.com/SRSFest.

FILE PHOTO

Mak­ing salmon print T-shirts is just one of the ac­tiv­i­ties that at­ten­dees can en­joy at the Stanis­laus River Salmon Fes­ti­val in Knights Ferry on Satur­day, Nov. 11.

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