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06-22-2012, 08:43 PM
The Yurok Tribe's Klamath Salmon Festival

The Klamath Salmon Festival is Saturday August 18.

The Yurok Tribe has already begun work on the 50th Klamath Salmon Festival, a gift the Tribe gives the community every year, which is going down on Saturday, August 18.

"We are pulling out all the stops for the 50th festival," said Matt Mais, the event's organizer. "The Yurok Tribe is working hard to make this family event better than ever before."
Attendees of the all-day event will have an opportunity to learn more about Yurok culture, dance to live music, shop for authentic handmade gifts form more than 100 vendors and enjoy a delicious traditionally cooked salmon feast.

There will also be a highly competitive Stick Game Tournament. The Stick Game is played by local tribes and is a full-contact sport that resembles lacrosse with a wrestling element. The game is heavy on action.

A traditional Indian Card Games Tournament and a number of cultural demonstrations will be on hand. The Tribe is also putting on a 5k Ney-Puy Run. The run is free to enter and will start at 8a.m.

Automobile enthusiasts from throughout the region will be showing off their vehicles at the “Classic Car Show”. Yurok tribal member and vintage vehicle owner George Smoker is organizing this event, which is sure to be a hit with car buffs.

The Tribe is also putting on a Salmon and Pie Baking Contest, a compliment tothe full menu of festival activities. The competition will determine the best fish smokers and bakers in area.

The family-friendly, free festival will also include a multitude of kids' activities, including a bounce house, games and balloon bending. There will also be more than a hundred vendors selling high quality goods and passing out educational material, a breakfast free for veterans and a break dancing contest open to all.

For non-runners the Salmon Festival starts with the Veteran's breakfast, put on by the Klamath Chamber of Commerce at 8 a.m. at the Klamath Community Center on Salmon Blvd. The breakfast will be followed by a parade at 10 am. The famously delicious salmon lunch will start at 11:00 a.m.


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