A picture perfect day for fourth Salmon Festival
The fourth annual Columbia Salmon Festival took place at Invermere’s beautiful Kinsmen Beach and Pynelogs Cultural Centre grounds on Saturday, September 13.
A sharp, crisp late summer sky and lovely weather accompanied the events that took place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., including an opening prayer, information and presentations on salmon and Ktunaxa Nation culture, and awesome performances by the Rosie Brown Band (pictured below) from Cranbrook and Kimberley and the Good ‘Ol Goats from Cranbrook.
Several hundred people made their way to the festival site during the day to take part in the events and food.
Salmon lovers were able to sample some delicious varieties of the fish once common in the headwaters of the Columbia River, and a major staple in the diet of first nations people.
Salmon stopped returning to the upper Columbia in 1942 after the construction of the massive Grand Coulee Dam in Washington.
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